over·​do | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdü How to pronounce overdo (audio) \
overdid\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈdid How to pronounce overdo (audio) \; overdone\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈdən How to pronounce overdo (audio) \; overdoing\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈdü-​iŋ How to pronounce overdo (audio) \; overdoes\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈdəz How to pronounce overdo (audio) \

Definition of overdo

transitive verb

1a : to do in excess
b : to use to excess
2 : to cook too long
3 : exhaust

intransitive verb

: to go to extremes

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Examples of overdo in a Sentence

You should exercise every day, but don't overdo it. The acting in that play was badly overdone. Don't overdo the salt in this recipe. The cook overdid the hamburgers.
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Recent Examples on the Web However, Stotts also has to be careful not to overdo it and wear guys out. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers officially start practicing, move past positive COVID-19 tests: ‘It was definitely an eye opener’," 9 Dec. 2020 Don’t overdo it — too much oil will leave the pan feeling sticky after seasoning, says Stubblefield. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Season Cast Iron to Keep Your Skillet in Tip-Top Shape," 16 Nov. 2020 The last thing the Saints want is for Thomas to overdo it and be back on the bench. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Saints fans 'Ask Amie:' Will Michael Thomas play, where does Kwon Alexander fit?," 6 Nov. 2020 Subjects were divided into two groups, with the placebo group continuing to overdo it while the vaccine group did just enough to get by. Jack Handey, The New Yorker, "Vaccines I’m Working On," 19 Oct. 2020 When ricing the cauliflower, Hurt advises, don’t overdo it and turn the veggie into mush. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast salads, vegetable desserts: A year in a CSA changes her meal plan, fills her freezer," 29 Sep. 2020 There will be more shadows and contrast, so don’t overdo it. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "The camera eats first: 5 tips for foodies from a photo pro," 28 Sep. 2020 A quarter inch is enough; don’t overdo it or seed will have a tough time germinating. oregonlive, "What you need to know to get a tired lawn back into shape," 31 Aug. 2020 Reeves and Winter don’t try to overdo it while revisiting their roles. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "How the sublime stupidity of 'Bill & Ted Face the Music' meets this moment," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of overdo

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of overdo was before the 12th century

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“Overdo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdo. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overdo

: to do too much of (something) : to do (something) in an excessive or extreme way
: to use too much of (something)
: to cook (food) for too long


over·​do | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdü How to pronounce overdo (audio) \
overdid\ -​ˈdid \; overdone\ -​ˈdən \; overdoing\ -​ˈdü-​iŋ \

Kids Definition of overdo

1 : to do too much of Don't overdo it exercising.
2 : to use too much of They overdid the decorations.
3 : to cook too long I overdid the steak.

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