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verb [intransitive/transitive]     overflow pronunciation in American English
/ˌoʊvərˈfloʊ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyoverflow
he/she/itoverflows
present participleoverflowing
past tenseoverflowed
past participleoverflowed
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  1. 1
    to flow over the top of a container because it is too full
    overflow with:

    ashtrays overflowing with cigarette ends

    1. a.
      if a river or lake overflows, it floods the land next to it

      The river has overflowed its banks.

  2. 2
    if a place overflows with people, or if people overflow a place, there are too many of them to fit into it

    The crowd began to overflow the hall.

    overflow with:

    hospitals overflowing with victims of the earthquake

  3. 3
    to feel an emotion very strongly
    overflow with:

    Her heart was overflowing with joy.

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