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overdo

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verb over·do \ˌō-vər-ˈdü\

Simple Definition of overdo

  • : 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

Full Definition of overdo

over·didplay \-ˈdid\over·doneplay \-ˈdən\over·do·ingplay \-ˈdü-iŋ\over·doesplay \-ˈdəz\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to do in excess b :  to use to excess c :  exaggerate

  3. 2 :  to cook too long

  4. 3 :  exhaust

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  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.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of overdo

before 12th century



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