verb (used with object), o·ver·wrote, o·ver·writ·ten, o·ver·writ·ing.
- to write in too elaborate, burdensome, diffuse, or prolix a style: He overwrites his essays to the point of absurdity.
- to write in excess of the requirements, especially so as to defeat the original intention: That young playwright tends to overwrite her big scenes.
- to write on or over; cover with writing: a flyleaf overwritten with a dedication.
verb (used without object), o·ver·wrote, o·ver·writ·ten, o·ver·writ·ing.
- to write too elaborately: The problem with so many young authors is that they tend to overwrite.
verb -writes, -writing, -wrote or -written
- to write (something) in an excessively ornate or prolix style
- to write too much about (someone or something)
- to write on top of (other writing)
- to record on a storage medium, such as a magnetic disk, thus destroying what was originally recorded there
v.1690s, “to write over other writing,” from over- + write (v.). Of computers, it is attested from 1959. Meaning “to write too elaborately or ornately” is from 1923. Related: Overwriting; overwritten.