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

Definition of overeat

intransitive verb

: to eat to excess

Other Words from overeat

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The situation is already out of control for too many youngsters who overeat unhealthy foods and underexercise, which can leave to obesity and a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 2022 Among her tips: Don’t skip the pre-fast meal, sehri, and, once the sun sets, don’t overeat at iftar. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 By the end of the trial, participants’ metabolic rates remained the same, and those who skipped breakfast didn’t overeat at lunchtime. Lauren Steele, Outside Online, 22 Aug. 2014 Some begin to overeat in their desperation to extract even a glimmer of sensation from their meals. Scott Sayare, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 For many of us, refined carbs are also diabolically easy to overeat. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Since 2001, some scientists have famously claimed that reintroduced wolves benefit the park’s aspen and willow trees by scaring off the elk that overeat them. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 24 May 2021 When the scarcity mindset drops, so does the need to overeat out of fear of never having it again. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 23 Jan. 2021 But the reason this age-old question is still being debated is that everyone has different hunger cues — and skipping breakfast may prompt you to overeat at another meal. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 10 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of overeat

1590, in the meaning defined above

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“Overeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overeat. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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


intransitive verb
over·​eat | \ ˌō-və-ˈrēt How to pronounce overeat (audio) \
overate\ -​ˈrāt How to pronounce overeat (audio) \; overeaten\ -​ˈrēt-​ᵊn How to pronounce overeat (audio) \; overeating

Medical Definition of overeat

: to eat to excess

Other Words from overeat

overeater noun

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