August 18, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
overrun /ˌoʊvɚˈrʌn/ verb
overrun
/ˌoʊvɚˈrʌn/
verb

overruns; overran /ˌoʊvɚˈræn/; overrun; overrunning

Throughout the summer, Venice is overrun with tourists.
Throughout the summer, Venice is overrun with tourists.
Learner's definition of OVERRUN

[+ object]

1 : to enter and be present in (a place) in large numbers

  • The tank divisions overran the countryside.

  • The city was being overrun by enemy troops.

  • Rats overran the ship.

  • In the summer, the town is overrun with/by tourists. [=is filled with tourists]

2 : to run or go beyond or past (something)

  • The runner overran [=ran past] third base.

  • The plane overran the runway.

  • The stream has overrun [=overflowed] its banks.

  • His speech overran the time allowed.

3 : to spread over or throughout (something)

  • Weeds overran the garden. = The garden was overrun with/by weeds.

  • Crime overran the neighborhood.

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