1 intransitive verb [{{t}}‚əʊvə'fləʊ]
(a) (with liquid → container, bath) déborder; (→ river) déborder, sortir de son lit; (with people → room, vehicle) déborder, être plein à craquer; (with objects → box, wastebin) déborder;
the river frequently overflows onto the surrounding plain la rivière inonde souvent la plaine environnante;
the streets were overflowing with people les rues regorgeaient de monde;
the demonstrators overflowed into the side streets les manifestants ont débordé dans les rues transversales;
the glass is full to overflowing le verre est plein à ras bord;
the shop was full to overflowing le magasin était plein à craquer;
the contents of the bin overflowed onto the floor le contenu de la poubelle s'est répandu par terre;
her desk was overflowing with papers son bureau disparaissait sous les papiers
(b) {{}}figurative{{}} (with emotion) déborder;
his heart was overflowing with joy son cœur débordait de joie
2 transitive verb
[{{t}}‚əʊvə'fləʊ] déborder de;
the river overflowed its banks la rivière est sortie de son lit ou a débordé
3 noun [{{t}}'əʊvəfləʊ]
(a) (drain → from sink, cistern) trop-plein m; (→ large-scale) déversoir m
(b) (excess → of population, production) excédent m, surplus m; (→ of energy, emotion) trop-plein m, débordement m
(c) (flooding) inondation f; (excess) trop-plein m
(d) {{}}Computing{{}} dépassement m de capacité, débordement m
►► overflow pipe (from sink, cistern) trop-plein m; (large-scale) déversoir m

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