Definition of overfill in English:



[with object]
  • Put more into (a container) than it either should or can contain.

    ‘Jean led the way slowly, balancing her teacup, which she had overfilled’
    • ‘Many boats ‘burp’ fuel from their air vents during fueling, and boaters commonly overfill their tanks, spilling fuel out into the water.’
    • ‘No one is singled out by not having their rubbish removed, but if the bin is overfilled, then it won't be emptied.’
    • ‘Looking down for a second to catch myself before I overfilled my tank, I withdrew the pump and stuffed my receipt in my pocket before I looked back up.’
    • ‘If the foam gasket between the back side of the tub and the fitting at the top of the drain assembly is dry or disintegrating, you can have a major leak if the tub is overfilled.’
    • ‘He said bonuses were also part of the reason some jobs were overfilled.’
    • ‘The room, which holds a thousand people, was overfilled.’
    • ‘So, in one of Henry James's novels, much is revealed when the heroine, out of character, overfills a cup of tea.’
    • ‘To avoid spills, do not top off or overfill your vehicle.’
    • ‘What are the council trying to tell us - cut our waste down by half so that we don't overfill our bins?’
    • ‘That unsafe combination could allow a negligent fill technician to overfill the tank dangerously.’
    • ‘Do not wrap any of the items individually and do not overfill the box.’
    • ‘Fill or slightly overfill the crack and then smooth it with a wetted trowel or block of wood.’
    • ‘Don't allow your waiter to overfill wine glasses.’
    • ‘This is probably one of the busiest routes in Bradford and it is extremely dangerous to overfill these tiny little buses.’
    • ‘Nora came into the kitchen to pour herself some milk and overfilled the glass.’
    • ‘Bethany laughed as she overfilled Olivia's cup.’
    • ‘People are concerned about smells, flies and vermin, not to mention what will happen if they overfill their bins.’
    • ‘‘When we filled the hole we overfilled it to allow for settlement and since then have raked over the ground in the past year to level it out,’ he added.’
    • ‘Other snaps show rubbish in black bin bags in back lanes, a problem he said was caused by a minority of residents who overfill bins or put them out too early.’
    • ‘Not all readers will have the patience for this approach, but those willing to surrender themselves to the author's relaxed tone will find this an enjoyable, if slightly overfilled book.’
    crowd, pack, pile, press, squeeze, cram
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