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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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 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, "Is Skipping Breakfast Bad for You? Our Nutritionist Breaks Down the Most Important Research," 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, ""In many ways it's been disastrous": COVID pandemic provides perfect storm for Americans with eating disorders," 5 Mar. 2021 Anderson tends to overeat and shy away from people during the coldest months of winter. Kelsie Sandoval, NBC News, "Covid-19 pandemic may actually help ease seasonal affective disorder symptoms for some," 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, "Is It Healthy to Add MCT Oil to Coffee? Experts Explore Potential Side Effects," 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, "9 Health Benefits of Coconut Water, According to Registered Dietitians," 20 Aug. 2020 Unlike people, layer chickens don’t overeat, so feed should be left out continuously. oregonlive, "How to keep chickens healthy and eggs plentiful," 22 June 2020 Many of these adults overeat in order to cope with their stress. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "In the know: Women in the news 1/6 - 1/10," 10 Jan. 2020 But keeping his gym visits a secret from Kate, who has been overeating while caring for baby Jack, will likely lead to problems for the couple. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Have A Lot of Feelings About Toby's Weight Loss in Season 4," 8 Oct. 2019

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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 10 May. 2021.

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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 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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