- The definition of an overrun is something that has gone beyond what is expected, or the amount by which something is exceeded.
The amount that you are over your budget is an example of your cost overrun.
- Overrun is defined as to overwhelmed by, or to extend beyond what is expected, or to move beyond.
- When a place is completely overcrowded by kids, this is an example of when kids overrun the place.
- When you are supposed to run to the finish line but you run too far, this is an example of when you overrun.
- When your budget is $100 and you spend $150, this is an example of when you overrun your budget.
transitive verb-·ran′, -·run′, -·run′ning
- to run or spread out over so as to cover
- to infest or swarm over, as vermin, or rove over and ravage, as an invading army
- to invade, defeat, or conquer by a rapid, broad advance
- to spread swiftly throughout, as ideas, a fad, etc.
- to run or extend beyond (certain limits): to overrun second base
- Archaic to outrun
- to rearrange (type matter) by shifting from one line to another
- to print more copies of (a given work) than ordered
- to overflow
- to run over or beyond certain limits
- the act or an instance of overrunning
- the amount of money by which a product or project exceeds its estimated cost
- an excess amount produced, as of manufactured goods or copies of printed matter
verbo·ver·ran, o·ver·run, o·ver·run·ning, o·ver·runs
- a. To seize the positions of and defeat conclusively: The position of the forward infantry was overrun by large numbers of enemy troops at dawn.b. To spread or swarm over destructively: Locusts overran the prairie.
- To spread swiftly throughout: The new fashion overran the country.
- To overflow: The river overran its banks.
- a. To run beyond or past; overshoot: The plane overran the end of the runway.b. To run or extend beyond (a limit); exceed: Your speech has overrun the time limit.
- Printing a. To rearrange or move (set type or pictures) from one column, line, or page to another.b. To set too much type for.c. To print (a job order) in a quantity larger than that ordered.
- To run over; overflow.
- To go beyond the normal or desired limit.
- An act of overrunning.
- The amount by which something overruns.
- a. The exceeding of estimated costs for product development and manufacture covered by contract.b. The amount by which actual costs exceed estimates.
- Printing A run over and above the quantity ordered by a customer.
(third-person singular simple present overruns, present participle overrunning, simple past overran, past participle overrun)
- To defeat an enemy and invade in great numbers, seizing his positions conclusively.
- To infest, swarm over, flow over.
- The vine overran its trellis; the field is overrun with weeds.
- To run past; to run beyond.
- The athlete overran the finish line and kept going.
- One line overruns another in length.
- To continue for too long.
- The performance overran by ten minutes, which caused some people to miss their bus home.
- (printing) To carry (some type, a line or column, etc.) backward or forward into an adjacent line or page.
- To go beyond; to extend in part beyond.
- In machinery, a sliding piece is said to overrun its bearing when its forward end goes beyond it.
- To abuse or oppress, as if by treading upon.
- An instance of overrunning
- The amount by which something overruns
- At least this year's overrun isn't as unmanagable as last year!
over- +"Ž run.