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"overrun" in British English

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overrunverb

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈrʌn/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (present participle overrunning, past tense overran, past participle overrun)
  • overrun verb (GO PAST)

[I or T] to ​continue past an ​intendedlimit, ​especially a ​finishingtime or a ​cost: My ​eveningclass overran by ten ​minutes. It ​looks as if we're going to overrun ​ourbudget.
overrun
noun [C] uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈrʌn/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚˈrʌn/
(Definition of overrun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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overrunverb [T]

 us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈrʌn/ (present participle overrunning, past tense overran  /ˌoʊ·vərˈræn/ , past participle overrun)
to ​spread over an ​areaquickly and in ​largenumbers: The ​city has ​becomeincreasinglyunpleasant because it is overrun with tourists.
(Definition of overrun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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overrunverb [I]

uk   us   /ˌəʊvəˈrʌn/ (overrunning, overran, overrun)
to continue past an ​agreed or expected ​limit, especially a ​finishingtime or a ​cost: Analysts say the ​cost of the ​improvements are ​bound to overrun.overrun by 10 minutes/2 weeks/$1 million, etc. The 45 ​minutesallocated for the ​briefing overran by almost 30 ​minutes.

overrunnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈəʊvəˌrʌn/
the fact that something has ​cost more ​money or taken more ​time than ​planned, or the ​additionalamount of ​money or ​timespent: He expects the ​department to ​cover this year's overrun by ​movingmoney from ​development.an overrun of sth We ​foundprojects had an ​averagetime overrun of 17%.
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(Definition of overrun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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