overdo

verb
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
3 : exhaust

intransitive verb

: to go to extremes

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Synonyms & Antonyms for overdo

Synonyms

exaggerate, overdraw, overstate, put on

Antonyms

understate

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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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Expecting that one relative who really overdoes it on the perfume or after shave? Mark Brezinski, USA TODAY, "The best Prime Day appliance deals from Dyson and more," 15 July 2019 This rings especially true for those who have a history of eczema or skin allergies, explains Zeichner, who adds that overdoing it on detergent is another factor that can lead to an adverse reaction. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How to Tell If Your Laundry Detergent Is Messing With Your Skin," 15 June 2019 Neither Ragland nor Beldini put a hard-and-fast number on how long to roll your foot every time, though Beldini recommends not spending more than five to seven minutes per session, as overdoing it could possibly make the condition worse. Emilia Benton, SELF, "How I Treated My Plantar Fasciitis in Time to Run My Best Marathon Yet," 8 May 2019 That is why even companies that perennially hike their dividends have warned against overdoing it. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "The Rocky Stock Market Still Pays Dividends to Investors," 16 Dec. 2018 Julie Johnson beautifully captures the practical, small-town warmth of Gander teacher Beulah without overdoing it. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "'Come From Away:’ Amazing show closes out Broadway season in Orlando | Review," 11 June 2019 However, overdoing it on the fluoride at an early age can also cause a condition called dental fluorosis, or when the teeth undermineralize. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Your Kids Are Probably Using Too Much Toothpaste, And It’s Hurting Their Teeth," 6 Feb. 2019 Still, the Trump administration must prepare itself for the coming wave of congressional oversight and investigative efforts and avoid chortling over how Democrats will overdo it. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Both Parties Win—and Lose," 7 Nov. 2018 Will the Federal Reserve skillfully keep the economy from overheating without overdoing its interest-rate increases? William Power, WSJ, "U.S.-Stock Funds Seek Another ‘Up’ Year, but It Will Be Close," 9 Dec. 2018

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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

verb

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

overdo

verb
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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