transitive + intransitive
: to engineer (something, such as a product) to have more functions, capabilities, etc. than are necessary or desirable
- The pressure to overreact to feedback … will lead many companies to overengineer their products, until common sense kicks back in.
- —Guy Kawasaki
- It was advertised to last 50 years, and overengineered so it might last 100.
- —Stephen Flynn
- Our research steered us away from trying to design pockets and compartments for specific uses. We didn't want to overengineer.
- —Eric Rothenhaus