overrun

Overrun means being populated in huge numbers or occupied in some way. Your beautiful beach town may be peaceful in the winter but overrun by tourists every summer.

You can use this verb for a successful invading army: "The troops managed to overrun the entire peninsula, reclaiming the land they'd lost." It's also good for other kinds of invasions and infestations: "They closed my dog's daycare because it was overrun by fleas." The earliest meaning, still used today, was "continue beyond a specified time," like the class that overruns by fifteen minutes, making you very late to third-period math.

Primary Meanings of overrun

1.
v
seize the position of and defeat
2.
vn
run beyond or past
too much production or more than expected
Full Definitions of overrun
1

v seize the position of and defeat

“the Crusaders overran much of the Holy Land”
Type of:
defeat, get the better of, overcome
win a victory over

v occupy in large numbers or live on a host

Synonyms:
infest, invade
Type of:
inhabit
be present in

v invade in great numbers

Synonyms:
infest
Type of:
invade, occupy
march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
2

v run beyond or past

“The plane overran the runway”
Type of:
overshoot
aim too high

v flow or run over (a limit or brim)

Synonyms:
brim over, overflow, run over, well over
Types:
geyser
to overflow like a geyser
Type of:
run out, spill
flow, run or fall out and become lost

n too much production or more than expected

Synonyms:
overproduction
Type of:
production
(economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale

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