overrule Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “overrule” in the English Dictionary

"overrule" in British English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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

See all translations

overruleverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌəʊvəˈruːl/
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)
What is the pronunciation of overrule?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

spaceship

(especially in stories) a vehicle used for travel in space

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More