over·​an·​a·​lyze ˌō-vər-ˈa-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce overanalyze (audio)
overanalyzed; overanalyzing

transitive + intransitive

: to analyze (someone or something) excessively
… highlighting how being able to remember (and then overanalyze) past social situations can lead to distress.Kelsey Dallas
When winners feel doubt, they manage themselves—as fast as possible—away from the overwhelming tendency to hesitate, overthink, and overanalyze.Larry Weidel

Examples of overanalyze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conspiracy theorists are overanalyzing every movement of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce, proclaiming anything and everything (engagements! Meg Walters, Glamour, 10 Apr. 2024 But before we get started, think of the falsely anointed, all the future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks in this NFL Draft — despite being the untried and untested, football players being judged and overanalyzed when not actually playing football. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2024 Related Articles Kerr’s performance will always be overanalyzed. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 23 Feb. 2024 Many fall into the trap of overanalyzing the orbiting behavior, desperately seeking clues about the other person's feelings; however, this often ends up being a waste of time and energy. USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2024 These learners typically spend more time overanalyzing rather than executing, and find themselves getting frustrated by their lack of momentum. Bernadette Joy, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Consider that a lesson for the current Buckeyes, who have been overanalyzed and overreacted to after a three-week stretch that could be considered their unofficial preseason slate. Jimmy Watkins, cleveland, 16 Sep. 2023 Here, the cinematic parallels are even stronger, as Barbie’s script winkingly encourages us not to overanalyze the concept, which is exactly how Nolan has managed to vanquish our disbelief in things like dream-hacking and time inversion. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 23 July 2023 Be present: Appreciate the present experience to avoid worrying about the future or overanalyzing the past. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 17 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overanalyze was in 1895

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“Overanalyze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overanalyze. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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