verb \-ˈhēt\

: to become too hot

: to cause (something) to become too hot

Full Definition of OVERHEAT

transitive verb
:  to heat to excess
:  to stimulate or agitate unduly
intransitive verb
:  to become heated beyond a safe or desirable point

Examples of OVERHEAT

  1. I overheated the food in the microwave.
  2. Be careful not to overheat the engine.

First Known Use of OVERHEAT

14th century


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