overeat

verb
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

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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 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 Stockpiling foods can also create an unsafe environment for individuals with bulimia or binge eating disorder, who are now trapped in a place where the temptation to overeat is omnipresent. Grace Segers, CBS News, 5 Mar. 2021 Anderson tends to overeat and shy away from people during the coldest months of winter. Kelsie Sandoval, NBC News, 28 Oct. 2020 Furthermore, a review published in Physiology & Behavior suggests that drinking sources of fat and calories (rather than chewing and swallowing them) could make some more likely to overeat at the next meal. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 1 Oct. 2020 Many people mistake thirst for hunger, prompting them to overeat which can lead to weight gain. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 20 Aug. 2020 Unlike people, layer chickens don’t overeat, so feed should be left out continuously. oregonlive, 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of overeat

1590, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overeat was in 1590

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6 Jun 2021

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“Overeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overeat. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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overeat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overeat

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

overeat

verb
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 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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