Definition of


  1. (verb, communication) write new data on top of existing data and thus erase the previously existing data

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Alternate forms of Overwrite

Hypernyms: save, write

Origin of the word Overwrite

  1. 1699, "to write over other writing," from over + write (q.v.). Of computers, it is attested from 1959. Meaning "to write too elaborately or ornately" is from 1923. more

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