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


Full Definition of OVERDO

transitive verb
a :  to do in excess
b :  to use to excess
c :  exaggerate
:  to cook too long
:  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


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