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

Definition of overdo

transitive verb

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

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 That's good -- but a young, robust immune system will sometimes overdo it, and too many white blood cells can clog up airways. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "A teen's final days with the flu," 17 Jan. 2020 Some people overdo it on executive presence, as opposed to balancing executive presence with still being a human being. David Gelles, New York Times, "How a Preacher’s Grandson From Rural Georgia Grew Up to Lead Cisco," 5 Dec. 2019 Deficits do matter under MMT, which recognizes the possibility of overdoing things and stoking inflation. Washington Post, "For Overspending Governments, an Alternative View on Borrowing Versus Raising Taxes," 13 Mar. 2019 This is what an organization who, in the past, has erred on the side of overdoing things, needed on this day. cleveland, "Did Kevin Stefanski win his first press conference with the Cleveland Browns?," 14 Jan. 2020 Just don't overdo it with dressing, nuts or fried meats. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "12 small resolutions to clean up your diet in 2020," 19 Dec. 2019 Keep your rewards strategy simple Don’t overdo it by signing up for too many travel rewards cards. Holly Johnson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Cardinal Sin of Travel Rewards Credit Cards—And How to Avoid It," 27 Sep. 2019 Schlaak, a Realtor for Edina Realty, makes sure DeGree doesn’t overdo it. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "After horrific accident, longtime educator and advocate says “Appreciate everything”," 21 Dec. 2019 This can mean not purchasing tempting foods at the supermarket; walking home on a path that avoids passing your favorite fast food joint or ice cream shop; or avoiding restaurants where you are tempted to overdo it. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "12 small resolutions to clean up your diet in 2020," 19 Dec. 2019

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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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14 Feb 2020

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“Overdo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdo. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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