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overdo

verb over·do \ˌō-vər-ˈdü\

: to do too much of (something) : to do (something) in an excessive or extreme way

: to use too much of (something)

: to cook (food) for too long

over·did\-ˈdid\over·done\-ˈdən\over·do·ing\-ˈdü-iŋ\over·does\-ˈdəz\

Full Definition of OVERDO

transitive verb
1
a :  to do in excess
b :  to use to excess
c :  exaggerate
2
:  to cook too long
3
:  exhaust
intransitive verb
:  to go to extremes

Examples of OVERDO

  1. You should exercise every day, but don't overdo it.
  2. The acting in that play was badly overdone.
  3. Don't overdo the salt in this recipe.
  4. The cook overdid the hamburgers.

First Known Use of OVERDO

before 12th century
OVERDOING Defined for Kids

overdo

verb over·do \ˌō-vər-ˈdü\
over·did \-ˈdid\over·done \-ˈdən\over·do·ing \-ˈdü-iŋ\

Definition of OVERDO for Kids

1
:  to do too much of <Don't overdo it exercising.>
2
:  to use too much of <They overdid the decorations.>
3
:  to cook too long <I overdid the steak.>

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