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Meaning of “override” in the English Dictionary

"override" in British English

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overrideverb

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈraɪd/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (overrode, overridden)
  • override verb (NOT ACCEPT)

[T] (of a ​person who has the ​necessaryauthority) to ​decide against or ​refuse to ​accept a ​previousdecision, an ​order, a ​person, etc.: Every ​time I make a ​suggestion at ​work, my ​boss overrides me/it. The ​president used his ​veto to override the committee's ​decision. [T] to ​operate an ​automaticmachine by ​hand: He overrode the ​autopilot when he ​realized it was ​malfunctioning.

overridenoun [C]

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈraɪd/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/
  • override noun [C] (DEVICE)

a ​device that ​changes the ​control of a ​machine or ​system in ​specialsituations, ​especially from ​automatic to manual: The ​heatingsystem has a ​manual override.
  • override noun [C] (POLITICS)

in American ​politics, an ​occasion when an ​electedgroup of ​peoplerefuses to ​accept a ​decision made by an ​electedleader: The ​votefellshort of the ​majorityneeded for an override of the Governor's ​veto.
(Definition of override from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"override" in American English

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overrideverb [T]

 us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈrɑɪd/ (past tense overrode  /ˌoʊ·vərˈroʊd/ , past participle overridden  /ˌoʊ·vərˈrɪd·ən/ )
to ​ignore or ​refuse to ​accept a ​suggestion, ​idea, or ​method that already ​exists or ​operates: The ​legislaturevoted to override the ​presidentialveto.
(Definition of override from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"override" in Business English

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overrideverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌəʊvəˈraɪd/
to ​refuse to ​accept or to decide against a previous decision or ​order: override a decision/veto It ​takes a two-thirds ​vote of the ​House and Senate to override the governor's ​veto. Every ​time I make a suggestion at ​work, my ​boss overrides me.
to be more important than something else: The common good, he argued, overrode ​minorityinterests.
to ​stop a ​machineoperatingautomatically, and ​control it yourself: He overrode the ​autopilot when he ​realised it was ​malfunctioning.
overriding
adjective [before noun]
The ​safety of our ​employees is our overriding ​priority.

overridenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈəʊvəraɪd/
a ​vote or a decision that ​ends or ​changes an earlier ​law or decision: The city ​councilvoted in favor of a ​tax override.
a way of ​changing the ​control of a ​machine or ​system in ​specialsituations, especially from ​automatic to ​control by a ​person: The heating ​system has a manual override.
HR →  overriding commission
(Definition of override from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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