overdo

verb
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 But don’t overdo it; orchids do better with too little fertilizer, rather than too much. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 29 Oct. 2021 One fear among the old guard, however, is that wealthy new owners will overdo the restorations, Dana said. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 2 Sep. 2021 Performers can overdo it, however, and give the host a way-too-extensive list of credits. Michael Stahl, Vulture, 11 Aug. 2021 But be careful not to overdo it on the watering, because drowning your plant can be just as bad. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Aug. 2021 Use a bromeliad mix (air plants are in the bromeliad family), and don’t overdo it—plants can burn from too much fertilizer. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 2 Mar. 2021 Don't overdo it — find the right frequency for your communication. Simon S. Mass, Forbes, 22 June 2021 But don't overdo it with this potent nut since eating too many Brazil nuts can lead to selenium toxicity; stick with 1 or 2 daily to reap the nutritional benefits. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 4 June 2021 But don't overdo it with this potent nut since eating too many Brazil nuts can lead to selenium toxicity; stick with 1 or 2 daily to reap the nutritional benefits. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 4 June 2021

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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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7 Nov 2021

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“Overdo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdo. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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