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.

Definitions of overrun
  1. verb
    seize the position of and defeat
    “the Crusaders overran much of the Holy Land”
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    type of:
    defeat, get the better of, overcome
    win a victory over
  2. verb
    occupy in large numbers or live on a host
    synonyms: infest, invade
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    type of:
    be present in
  3. verb
    invade in great numbers
    synonyms: infest
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    type of:
    invade, occupy
    march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
  4. verb
    run beyond or past
    “The plane overran the runway”
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    aim too high
  5. verb
    flow or run over (a limit or brim)
    synonyms: brim over, overflow, run over, well over
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    to overflow like a geyser
    type of:
    run out, spill
    flow, run or fall out and become lost
  6. noun
    too much production or more than expected
    synonyms: overproduction
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    (economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale
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