overrun - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleoverrunning
past tenseoverran
past participleoverrun
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] British to take more time, space, or money than was intended
  2. 2
    [transitive] to defeat an enemy in war and take the land that they control

    His troops overran two-thirds of the country.

  3. 3
    [transitive] [usually passive] to be present in a place in such large amounts or numbers that it is dangerous or unpleasant

    a city completely overrun by crime

    The mall was overrun with holiday shoppers.