overengineer

verb over·en·gi·neer \ ˌō-vər-ˌen-jə-ˈnir \

Definition of overengineer

overengineered; overengineering
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

First Known Use of overengineer

1964

in the meaning defined above

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