Meaning of “overrule” in the English Dictionary

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"overrule" in British English

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overruleverb [ T ]

uk /ˌəʊ.vəˈruːl/ us /ˌoʊ.vɚˈruːl/ formal

(of a person who has official authority) to decide against a decision that has already been made:

In tennis, the umpire can overrule the line judge.

(Definition of “overrule” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overrule" in American English

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overruleverb [ T ]

us /ˌoʊ·vərˈrul/

to make a decision that opposes and changes another decision or suggestion from a position of higher authority:

The judge was constantly overruling the objections of the prosecution.

(Definition of “overrule” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"overrule" in Business English

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overruleverb [ T ]

uk /ˌəʊvəˈruːl/ us

to use greater authority to change a decision that has already been made:

A federal appeals court in Washington has overruled the decision of the lower court.
They would work on a problem, come up with a good solution, and then watch in surprise as their bosses overruled them.

(Definition of “overrule” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)