Definition of override in English:



[with object]
Pronunciation /əʊvəˈrʌɪd/
  • 1Use one's authority to reject or cancel (a decision, view, etc.)

    ‘the courts will ultimately override any objections’
    • ‘The final decision of whether or not the test should be done is up to the judgment of clinicians; a court will not override their decision, regardless of the woman's wishes.’
    • ‘The experience of others, therefore, provides no grounds for overriding my judgement.’
    • ‘Upon further thought, I have to say that it worries me that a governor has the right to override a court's decision and to decide someone's fate.’
    • ‘The capacity of the arbitration courts to maintain their jurisdiction was frequently tested by both sides, as well as by governments that frequently amended their powers, overrode their decisions, or created special tribunals.’
    • ‘Instead, their argument boils down to the contention that the hospital should have gone to Family Court if it sought to override their decision.’
    • ‘Then, what if the Congress overrode their decision?’
    • ‘So far they have preferred not to open the road at weekends and it is difficult to override their decision.’
    • ‘I feel that the County Manager will be forced by legislation to override the decision of the County Council and go ahead regardless.’
    • ‘In both it was accepted that, where the matter was a question of priorities determining which patients should be treated first, the courts could not override the decisions of the doctors.’
    • ‘The bill overrides a decision of the court, depriving those people of their right to access and to receive justice in that forum.’
    • ‘The institution has been and continues to be rife with examples of imperious pastors operating on whim and arbitrarily overriding consensual decisions.’
    • ‘But they all contemplate that in some circumstances, a court may override a parent's decision about with whom their children may have relationships.’
    • ‘We cannot override the panel's decision, we can only make a recommendation.’
    • ‘Your Honour, that would override the decision of this Court in Hoch.’
    • ‘Was it possible, for example, to let the computer perform while occasionally causing some change to the performance, in effect overriding the computer's decisions?’
    • ‘It will establish a Council with the power to override court decisions and set aside previous convictions.’
    • ‘Not only did he do that but he overrode the board's decision.’
    • ‘The university senate at Zurich again rejected her application, but the Education Council now overrode the decision and appointed her the first female lecturer in the history of Swiss universities.’
    • ‘Even where the authority conducts a second-stage investigation and decides to permit or prohibit the merger, the minister may still override the decision.’
    • ‘The assistant county manager overrides this decision.’
    disallow, overrule, countermand, veto, set aside, quash, overturn, overthrow
    disregard, pay no heed to, take no account of, close one's mind to, turn a deaf ear to, discount, ignore, ride roughshod over, trample on
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    1. 1.1 Be more important than.
      ‘this commitment should override all other considerations’
      • ‘Military considerations overrode political ones in that instance at least.’
      • ‘In colonial eyes, economic concerns overrode moral considerations.’
      • ‘The fact that they had opted to join the British Army overrode all considerations as to why they had become involved.’
      • ‘It also considers the motives of both the British and French governments in the process, and concludes that in each case that the technological and political motives overrode economic considerations.’
      • ‘In all but four of the interviews, the creatives noted that pragmatic considerations override personal preferences and motives when creating ads.’
      • ‘Extended families that are incredibly tightly bound are really the enemy of civil society because the alliances of family override any consideration of fairness to people in the larger society.’
      • ‘Again, the President's unswerving commitment overrode all opposition.’
      • ‘That commitment overrides any personal investment, making him an ideal collaborator for a field guide.’
      • ‘Going to greet the Commander when he came back was fine and dandy, but work always overrode everything else in importance.’
      • ‘They share an intensity and commitment that overrides vain posture.’
      • ‘Then as now, the desire to connect overrode cultural considerations.’
      • ‘Poignant, moving and highly original, it taps into the heroic essence of Spencer's paintings while at the same time acknowledging a collective history which overrides imported values.’
      • ‘The men's desire to rejoin their families overrode other considerations of duty.’
      • ‘In that case it would seem that consideration of profits overrode social responsibility.’
      • ‘However, he warned that gimmicks could never override the importance of the top property buzzword: location.’
      • ‘In each case, motion comprises the work, yet the concept of motion and, often, motion contributed by the viewer, overrides the context and import of the original movement.’
      • ‘For some of these firms, a high stock price was so critical to survival that the incentive to manage information for this purpose overrode the importance of future reputation.’
      • ‘The desire to have a baby overrode every other consideration.’
      • ‘The search for universals overrode the importance of the particular.’
      • ‘Indeed the strength of early road alignments both east and west of the Walbrook was such that they overrode considerations of conformity with the later grid and survived through the Roman period.’
      outweigh, supersede, take precedence over, take priority over, be more important than, tip the balance against, tip the scales against, turn the balance against, turn the scales against, offset, cancel out, make up for, more than make up for, outbalance, overbalance, compensate for, redress
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  • 2Interrupt the action of (an automatic device), typically in order to take manual control.

    ‘you can override the cut-out by releasing the switch’
    • ‘They say devices that would allow air traffic controllers to override the controls of a hijacked plane are close to development.’
    • ‘He located the locking mechanism and accessed it, changing the emergency codes so no ship's personnel could override the room lock.’
    • ‘I told her that it was made of nanomachines, and the nanomachines could breach any circuit within a conventional vehicle, and override any controls.’
    • ‘It wouldn't go any further the moment that checkpoint staff overrode the control.’
    • ‘Click on the Advanced button to override automatic cookie handling and better control your own preferences.’
    • ‘Again this is a situation where you need to override an automatic camera and set the controls manually.’
    • ‘When he told us that he's going to check on the ship the moment that Fekonson had confronted us, he probably went to this terminal that I am standing by right now, and overrode the controls.’
    • ‘He then spun around, realising that Luc could manually override the elevators and get up to higher levels.’
    • ‘That signal would act both as a homing device for Migilas to find the particular landing bay they were in, as well as allow her to override its door control mechanism.’
    • ‘After bank security realised there was no way to override the lock, firefighters were called.’
    • ‘The camera defaults to auto-flash mode, but a button on the back allows you to keep the flash off, or to override the sensor when you want to take people shots in daylight.’
    • ‘They reconfigure the positions of particles in the brains of any organic beings, as well as overriding any computers on the ship.’
    • ‘The operator has the option of overriding the sensor automatically selected by the operational software.’
    • ‘And then, after half an hour, they overrode the computer, but the emergency brake was still applied, and then the second swell hit us.’
    • ‘He tapped away at the keyboard, trying to override the computer so he could use the thrusters.’
    • ‘They calculated every vector of the arching, twisting plunge, while certain computers tried desperately to override the train's control systems.’
    • ‘And finally, on manual transmission vehicles, the clutch pedal ignition lock is overridden so the starter can be used without pushing in the clutch after stopping on a hill.’
    • ‘Among the guidelines are provisions for unpredictable audit tests and procedures to test management's ability to override controls in order to commit fraud.’
    • ‘‘This new system not only monitors and treats critical patients but it can also learn from the experiences of medical staff, who can override the machine at any time,’ he said.’
    • ‘If automatic valves are used, they should be controlled from a central location and be easy to override with manual controls.’
  • 3technical Extend over; overlap.

    ‘the external rendering should not override the damp-proof membrane’
  • 4Travel or move over.

    ‘overriding by vehicles is implicated in over half the cases of footway damage’
    • ‘We have identified seven such lateral moraines that were overridden by the expansion and growth of the Fennoscandian ice sheet.’


Pronunciation /ˈəʊvərʌɪd/
  • 1A device for suspending an automatic function on a machine.

    ‘the flash has to have a manual override to be useful’
    • ‘It took technicians over 20 minutes to engage the manual override as horrified friends watched.’
    • ‘I tried both the automatic and manual override functions.’
    • ‘The moonwalkers were not opposed to increased use of automation, but they still wanted manual backups and overrides.’
    • ‘More complex systems have built-in overrides using call-in, occupancy sensing or reaction to out-of-spec temperatures that turn on systems for zones having special needs.’
    • ‘The Magloc includes a mechanical override on the left side of the grip.’
    • ‘You can switch from full-program mode to manual override for exposure control, and it has a built-in flash and nifty remote control.’
    • ‘Where the hell is the manual override on this thing?’
    • ‘The fire control system is automatic with manual override for both gunner and commander.’
    • ‘The offending items were mechanical overrides, which permit the key to be removed from the ignition with the shifter in a position other than park and allow the transmission to be shifted out of park with the ignition in the off position.’
    • ‘For those with specialist training, a manual override facility allows the programming of specific frequencies.’
    • ‘Why not to include an override button on your device.’
    • ‘Not being able to hold in a hoarse laugh of relief the General reached out to the manual override sitting in front of him, the redness beaming invitingly.’
    • ‘Most automatic fixtures have manual overrides should the sensors fail to function properly, manufacturers say.’
    • ‘As he went to enter his office, he had to use the manual override to get it to open.’
    • ‘If Amy weren't under guard, she'd be working on overriding the overrides and getting control back.’
    • ‘O'Brian killed the power override and the ship powered down.’
    • ‘Pavel was frantically pressing switches and overrides.’
    • ‘The Earthlink system just automates it, but the manual override is always available by logging into webmail.’
    • ‘If they were rejected, the automatic override button was used to compel their acceptance.’
    • ‘Most photographic factors, from focus to shutter speed, have manual overrides, so you can control pictures of the children unwrapping presents if you choose, or rely on the surprisingly effective automatic modes.’
  • 2An excess or increase on a budget, salary, or cost.

    ‘commission overrides give established carriers an unfair advantage’
    • ‘At some point in the political evolution of the Charter, it will be worthwhile to encourage a more reasoned public and political understanding of the override than currently exists.’
    • ‘In other words, adopt interpretations that will provoke a legislative override that will make it clear what the legislature really wants today.’
  • 3US A cancellation of a decision by exertion of authority or winning of votes.

    ‘the House vote in favour of the bill was 10 votes short of the requisite majority for an override’
    • ‘Both votes surpassed the three-fifths majority necessary for a veto override.’
    • ‘The Kansas legislature is likely to try to override the veto, and unless some legislators change their votes, the override will pass.’
    • ‘The president had veto power over any bill passed by Congress, subject to a congressional override by a two-thirds vote of each house.’
    • ‘After Wednesday's vote the Governor's pledged consequences for the override.’
    • ‘GP pointed my attention first thing this morning to this unbelievable legislative override of judicial authority in Florida.’