overrun
I. transitive verb (overran; -run; -running) Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) to defeat decisively and occupy the positions of (2) to invade and occupy or ravage b. to spread or swarm over ; infest 2. a. to run or go beyond or past <
the plane overran the runway
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b. exceed <
overrun a budget
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c. to readjust (set type) by shifting letters or words from one line into another 3. to flow over <
the river overran its banks
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II. noun Date: 1898 1. an act or instance of overrunning; especially an exceeding of the costs estimated in a contract for development and manufacture of new equipment 2. the amount by which something overruns 3. a run in excess of the quantity ordered by a customer

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