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"overflow" in British English

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overflowverb

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈfləʊ/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚˈfloʊ/
  • overflow verb (TOO FULL)

C2 [I or T] When a liquid overflows, it flows over the edges of a container, etc. because there is too much of it: The milk overflowed when I poured it into the jug. Because of heavy rain, the river may overflow its banks.
[I or T] If a container or a place overflows, whatever is inside it starts coming out because it is too full: Oh no, the sink is overflowing all over the floor. The bin was overflowing with rubbish.
C2 [I] When a place overflows, or people or things overflow from somewhere, some people or things have to come out because it cannot contain them all: The bar was so full that people were overflowing into/onto the street. His room is overflowing with books.UK The train was full to overflowing (= so full that there was not space for any more passengers).
to overflowing
so that water or another substance is almost coming over the top: Someone had filled the sink to overflowing.UK The sink was full to overflowing.

overflownoun

uk   /ˈəʊ.və.fləʊ/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ.floʊ/
(Definition of overflow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overflow" in American English

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overflowverb [I/T]

 us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈfloʊ/
(of a liquid) to flow over the edges of a container because there is too much, or to contain more of something than can be held: [T] Because of the heavy rains, the river overflowed its banks. [I] The sink quickly overflowed, flooding the room. [I] The train platform was overflowing with passengers.
(Definition of overflow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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