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 Subjects were divided into two groups, with the placebo group continuing to overdo it while the vaccine group did just enough to get by. Jack Handey, The New Yorker, "Vaccines I’m Working On," 19 Oct. 2020 When ricing the cauliflower, Hurt advises, don’t overdo it and turn the veggie into mush. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast salads, vegetable desserts: A year in a CSA changes her meal plan, fills her freezer," 29 Sep. 2020 There will be more shadows and contrast, so don’t overdo it. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "The camera eats first: 5 tips for foodies from a photo pro," 28 Sep. 2020 A quarter inch is enough; don’t overdo it or seed will have a tough time germinating. oregonlive, "What you need to know to get a tired lawn back into shape," 31 Aug. 2020 Reeves and Winter don’t try to overdo it while revisiting their roles. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "How the sublime stupidity of 'Bill & Ted Face the Music' meets this moment," 28 Aug. 2020 Today finds you in the mood to party, but do not expect to overdo it and emerge unscathed the next day. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 27 June 2020 Don’t overdo your Friday night, though: Saturday mornings in Waimea mean farmers’ market time. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "The foodie haven in Hawaii you need to know about now," 1 July 2020 Now, here’s the secret to all three tactics: Don’t overdo it. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "Skate, Skitter, and Twitch Dry Flies for Trout," 26 June 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

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“Overdo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdo. Accessed 30 Oct. 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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