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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nora came into the kitchen to pour herself some milk and overfilled the glass.’
    • ‘People are concerned about smells, flies and vermin, not to mention what will happen if they overfill their bins.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, in one of Henry James's novels, much is revealed when the heroine, out of character, overfills a cup of tea.’
    • ‘Fill or slightly overfill the crack and then smooth it with a wetted trowel or block of wood.’
    • ‘Many boats ‘burp’ fuel from their air vents during fueling, and boaters commonly overfill their tanks, spilling fuel out into the water.’
    • ‘To avoid spills, do not top off or overfill your vehicle.’
    • ‘This is probably one of the busiest routes in Bradford and it is extremely dangerous to overfill these tiny little buses.’
    • ‘No one is singled out by not having their rubbish removed, but if the bin is overfilled, then it won't be emptied.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said bonuses were also part of the reason some jobs were overfilled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The room, which holds a thousand people, was overfilled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bethany laughed as she overfilled Olivia's cup.’
    • ‘Do not wrap any of the items individually and do not overfill the box.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Don't allow your waiter to overfill wine glasses.’
    crowd, pack, pile, press, squeeze, cram
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