over·​de·​vel·​op | \ ˌō-vər-di-ˈve-ləp How to pronounce overdevelop (audio) \
overdeveloped; overdeveloping; overdevelops

Definition of overdevelop

transitive verb

: to develop excessively especially : to subject (exposed photographic material) to a developing solution for excessive time or at excessive temperature, agitation, or concentration

Other Words from overdevelop

overdevelopment \ ˌō-​vər-​di-​ˈve-​ləp-​mənt How to pronounce overdevelop (audio) \ noun

Examples of overdevelop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But, Horton said, don’t spend all your time spinning in that direction; doing so will overdevelop the muscles on a single side of your body. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 The Brecksville Planning Commission in February said the proposal, due at least partly to the presence of wetlands, would overdevelop the property, according to meeting minutes. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 13 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of overdevelop

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Overdevelop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdevelop. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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