overconstruct

verb
over·​con·​struct | \ ˌō-vər-kən-ˈstrəkt How to pronounce overconstruct (audio) \
overconstructed; overconstructing

Definition of overconstruct

transitive + intransitive

: to construct (something) more sturdily, elaborately, or extensively than is usual or required We've fought with this house … . It was overconstructed and made for hurricanes. It was made not to come off the ground.— Jeremy Patterson … the starched collar and shoulders of an overconstructed dressing gown …— David Edison … is … firmly in control of the narrative rhythm, yet the film never feels artificial or overconstructed.— Terrence Rafferty In 1857, 1873, and 1893, it was the railroads who overconstructed and were bloated with fixed debts.— William G. Roy

Other Words from overconstruct

overconstruction \ ˌō-​vər-​kən-​ˈstrək-​shən How to pronounce overconstruction (audio) \ noun
Rates would have risen … and that dynamic would have put loans out of range for some builders and prevented overconstruction — Jennifer Robison

First Known Use of overconstruct

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Overconstruct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overconstruct. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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