over·​draw | \ˌō-vər-ˈdrȯ \
overdrew\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈdrü \; overdrawn\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈdrȯn \; overdrawing

Definition of overdraw 

transitive verb

1 : to draw checks on (a bank account) for more than the balance the account was overdrawn

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Synonyms & Antonyms for overdraw


exaggerate, overdo, overstate, put on



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Examples of overdraw in a Sentence

She overdrew her account by $100. commentators have overdrawn the dangers of the sport in order to make it appear more exciting

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Consumers with an average balance of at least $400 who haven’t overdrawn in the prior three months would likely get a boost, FICO said. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "FICO Plans Big Shift in Credit-Score Calculations, Potentially Boosting Millions of Borrowers," 21 Oct. 2018 The Finn by Chase app, however, doesn't allow customers to overdraw, which helps them avoid costly overdraft fees. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Chase all-mobile bank, Finn, rolled out nationwide in search of Millennials," 28 June 2018 Authorities have said Taylor Bean overdrew its account at Colonial for years to cover its own cash shortfalls. Michael Rapoport, WSJ, "Judge Rules PricewaterhouseCoopers Must Pay $625.3 Million in Damages," 3 July 2018 That week, Lisbon was overdrawn with potential Palácio Pombals, always around the next corner, forever undiscoverable, though clearly marked on the map. Lauren Elkin, The Atlantic, "People Will Always Get Lost," 16 Feb. 2018 Don't be afraid to overdraw your lips — that exaggerated silhouette is part of the appeal. Hannah Morrill, Allure, "9 Beauty Looks Inspired by the ‘80s That You’ll Want to Wear Now," 16 Feb. 2018 First, making regularized structured draws allows the Fund to not be overdrawn in up markets, ensuring assets stay invested for longer periods, earning higher rates of return. Anchorage Daily News, "It’s time to adopt POMV structure for Permanent Fund," 27 Jan. 2018 Customers began reporting Wednesday some accounts were overdrawn due to issues with automatic online bill pay. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Wells Fargo online glitches cause customers to be charged twice for bills," 18 Jan. 2018 Those who overdraw frequently waste much more, to the tune of $442 a year, according to NerdWallet's analysis of CFPB data. Jessica Dickler, USA TODAY, "Bank customers fork over $15 billion in fees in 2016, CFPB says," 26 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of overdraw

1710, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of overdraw was in 1710

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English Language Learners Definition of overdraw

: to withdraw more money from (an account) than is available


over·​draw | \ˌō-vər-ˈdrȯ \
overdrew\ -​ˈdrü \; overdrawn\ -​ˈdrȯn \; overdrawing

Legal Definition of overdraw 

transitive verb

: to draw checks on (a bank account) for more than the balance

intransitive verb

: to make an overdraft

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something that serves to warn or remind

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