Etymology
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overwrite (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.

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Definitions of overwrite

overwrite (v.)
write new data on top of existing data and thus erase the previously existing data;
overwrite that file
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