Pronunciation: (ō"vur-rīt'), [key]
—v., -wrote, -writ•ten, -writ•ing.
1. to write in too elaborate, burdensome, diffuse, or prolix a style: He overwrites his essays to the point of absurdity.
2. to write in excess of the requirements, esp. so as to defeat the original intention: That young playwright tends to overwrite her big scenes.
3. to write on or over; cover with writing: a flyleaf overwritten with a dedication.
to write too elaborately: The problem with so many young authors is that they tend to overwrite.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.