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overreach

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verb over·reach \ˌō-və(r)-ˈrēch\

Simple Definition of overreach

  • : to try to do something that is beyond your ability to do

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of overreach

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to reach above or beyond :  overtop

  3. 2 :  to defeat (oneself) by seeking to do or gain too much

  4. 3 :  to get the better of especially in dealing and bargaining and typically by unscrupulous or crafty methods

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 of a horse :  to strike the forefoot with the front part of the hind foot

  7. 2 a :  to go to excess b :  exaggerate

  8. 3 :  to overreach oneself

overreach play \ˈō-və(r)-ˌrēch, ˌō-və(r)-ˈ\ noun
overreacher play \-ˌrē-chər, -ˈrē-chər\ noun

Examples of overreach in a sentence

  1. She overreaches in her latest book, and her argument is not convincing.

  2. The company overreached itself and ran out of money after one year.



14th Century

First Known Use of overreach

14th century

Rhymes with overreach


Medical Dictionary

overreach

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intransitive verb over·reach \-ˈrēch\

Medical Definition of overreach

  1. of a horse :  to strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or quarter of the forefoot




Law Dictionary

overreach

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transitive verb over·reach \ˌō-vər-ˈrēch\

Legal Definition of overreach

  1. :  to make (someone or something) the subject of overreaching <this uncounseled defendant was…overreached by the prosecution's submission of misinformation to the court — Townsend v. Burke, 334 U.S. 736 (1948)> <must determine whether it overreached privilege — National Law Journal>




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