over·​drawn ˌō-vər-ˈdrȯn How to pronounce overdrawn (audio)
: having an overdrawn account

Example Sentences

his war stories were embellished with overdrawn descriptions of battle and efforts to save the wounded
Recent Examples on the Web But some banks across the U.S. have been seizing checks distributed to clients whose accounts are overdrawn. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, 17 Apr. 2020 When federal stimulus checks began arriving in bank accounts in recent days, USAA seized funds from customers whose accounts were overdrawn — sparking blow-back for the San Antonio financial services company. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, 16 Apr. 2020 Some banks withheld stimulus cash from people with overdrawn accounts. Emily Flitter, New York Times, 11 May 2020 Banks had faced criticism amid speculation that those with overdrawn accounts would lose part or all of their payments. Jennifer Surane, Bloomberg.com, 29 Apr. 2020 Not every bank is keeping its overdrawn customers’ money. Emily Flitter, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2020 Banks have also taken people's stimulus checks to cover previous late fees or overdrawn accounts, the New York Times reported. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 16 Apr. 2020 All of the money in her account, plus an additional $1,000, was then withdrawn, causing her account to be overdrawn. cleveland, 27 Mar. 2020 Currently, the seven states that rely on Colorado River water are discussing ways to reduce their usage, both to deal with the fact that the river has been significantly overdrawn for years and to come up with a plan to adapt to a drier future. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, 2 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overdrawn was in 1817

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“Overdrawn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdrawn. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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