over·​eat | \ ˌō-vər-ˈēt How to pronounce overeat (audio) \
overate\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈāt How to pronounce overate (audio) \; overeaten\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈē-​tᵊn How to pronounce overeaten (audio) \; overeating

Definition of overeat

intransitive verb

: to eat to excess

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Other Words from overeat

overeater \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈē-​tər How to pronounce overeater (audio) , ˈō-​vər-​ˌē-​tər \ noun

Synonyms for overeat


gorge, gormandize, pig out, swill

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Examples of overeat in a Sentence

When I'm tired or stressed, I tend to overeat. because he watches his diet for most of the year, he feels free to overeat during the holidays

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Being too restrictive and not listening to your cravings will also likely lead to overeating later on. SELF, "5 'Healthy' Things You Should Stop Doing, According to a Registered Dietitian," 17 July 2018 One of the easiest ways to incorporate red chili peppers into your diet is to add red pepper flakes to chicken dishes, pasta, pizza or other foods you may be inclined to overeat. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Foods that can suppress appetite, aid weight loss," 8 Mar. 2018 While certain foods trigger heartburn and nausea, the most common cause of GERD is abdominal pressure from overeating, being overweight or both, says Dr. Sheth. Jill Provost, Woman's Day, "End Digestive Problems for Good," 21 May 2012 Recent research has linked fructose (the sugar found in fruit), in particular, to hormonal changes that lead you to overeat, thus setting you up for weight gain and related health issues. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "6 Major Myths You Need to Stop Believing About Sugar," 14 Sep. 2016 Foods like these, rich in both macronutrients, send strong signals to your brain’s reward system, priming you to overeat. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "How to make your fast food habit healthier," 20 June 2018 Kids who don’t know when their next eating opportunity will be more likely to overeat. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Picky, picky: Strategies to get your kids (or yourself) to try new foods," 11 June 2018 Surely there must be more at play than just overeating high-fat and high-sugar sludge and avoiding exercise at all costs. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "Americans are eager to hear obesity is not our fault. New research adds to the debate," 22 Mar. 2018 Try not to overeat, and avoid too much caffeine or alcohol. Tanya Mohn, New York Times, "5 Tips to Sleep Better on Your Next Trip," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of overeat

1590, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overeat

: to eat more than is needed or more than is healthy : to eat too much


over·​eat | \ ˌō-vər-ˈēt How to pronounce overeat (audio) \
overate\ -​ˈāt \; overeaten\ -​ˈē-​tᵊn \; overeating

Kids Definition of overeat

: to eat too much

Other Words from overeat

overeater \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈē-​tər \ noun
over·​eat | \ ˌō-və-ˈrēt How to pronounce overeat (audio) \
overate\ -​ˈrāt How to pronounce overate (audio) \; overeaten\ -​ˈrēt-​ᵊn How to pronounce overeaten (audio) \; overeating

Medical Definition of overeat

: to eat to excess

Other Words from overeat

overeater noun

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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