March 10, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
overflow /ˌoʊvɚˈfloʊ/ verb

overflows; overflowed; overflowing

The sink is overflowing with dirty dishes.
The sink is overflowing with dirty dishes.
Learner's definition of OVERFLOW

1 : to flow over the edge or top of (something)

[+ object]

  • The river overflowed its banks.

[no object]

  • The creek overflows every spring.

  • The water in the tub overflowed.

— often used figuratively

  • The large crowd filled the room and overflowed into the lobby.

2 [+ object] : to fill or cover (something) completely

  • Books and papers overflowed his desk.

  • The paragraph overflowed the page

3 [no object] : to be completely filled with something : to be so filled that there is not enough room for anything or anyone more

  • overflowing trash cans

— often + with

  • His desk was overflowing with papers.

  • The hotels are all filled/full to overflowing with tourists.

— often used figuratively

  • Her heart was overflowing with joy.

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