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.
Recent Examples on the Web Hashtags exist to make your content searchable by topic, so research and use appropriate hashtags in each caption, but don’t overdo it. Stacey Burke, Forbes, 13 June 2022 But try not to overdo it—that means only reaching for the bottle a few times a week. Demetria Wambia, SELF, 11 Apr. 2022 Mostly because a lot of mobile games overdo the ad business. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 18 Apr. 2022 More than half of all athletes will overdo it at least once in their running career. Jeff Gaudette, Outside Online, 21 Jan. 2019 Don’t overdo it, as face masks tend to dry the skin’s surface. The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Apr. 2022 Low-impact exercises such as leash walks, swimming and light running are valuable as long as your dog does not overdo it. Michael Jaffe, The Conversation, 15 Mar. 2022 Over the weekend, Hu Xijin, the still influential former editor in chief of the Global Times newspaper, urged Chinese media not to overdo their embrace of Gu, warning that her allegiances could change in the future. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022 Microinteractions successfully exist in the details, and thus should never overdo their purpose. Goran Paun, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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17 Jun 2022

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“Overdo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdo. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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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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