overdo

verb over·do \ ˌō-vər-ˈdü \
|Updated on: 6 Jun 2018

Definition of overdo

overdid play \ˌō-vər-ˈdid\; overdone play \ˌō-vər-ˈdən\; overdoing play \ˌō-vər-ˈdü-iŋ\; overdoes play \ˌō-vər-ˈdəz\
1 a : to do in excess
b : to use to excess
2 : to cook too long
3 : exhaust
: to go to extremes

Examples of overdo in a Sentence

  1. You should exercise every day, but don't overdo it.

  2. The acting in that play was badly overdone.

  3. Don't overdo the salt in this recipe.

  4. The cook overdid the hamburgers.

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First Known Use of overdo

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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OVERDO Defined for English Language Learners

overdo

Definition of overdo for English Language Learners

  • : 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


OVERDO Defined for Kids

overdo

verb over·do \ ˌō-vər-ˈdü \

Definition of overdo for Students

overdid \-ˈdid\; overdone \-ˈdən\; overdoing \-ˈdü-iŋ\
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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