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verb [intransitive/transitive] overflow pronunciation in British English /ˌəʊvə(r)ˈfləʊ/
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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
    The bath’s overflowing!
    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.
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  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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