over·​ex·​ert | \ˌō-vər-ig-ˈzərt \

Definition of overexert 

: to exert (oneself) too much Muriel was sent to bed at the slightest symptom and warned against overexerting herself …— Garrison Keillor There are two types of heat stroke: exertional, which typically affects active people who overexert themselves in heat, and passive, which generally involves elderly or sedentary people who are exposed to high temperatures.— Andrew Weil People at highest risk of heat-related illness include the very young, the elderly and those of any age who overexert in the heat.— Don Colburn

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Other Words from overexert

overexertion \ ˌō-​vər-​ig-​ˈzər-​shən \ noun plural overexertions
an injury caused by overexertion

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Using the wrong form or overexerting yourself can strain muscles or tendons in your back, or sprain one of your ligaments, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "6 Things That Could Be Causing Your Lower Back Pain, Based on How It Feels," 28 Mar. 2018 Kapler is determined to rely heavily on his bullpen and not overexert his starting rotation. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Gabe Kapler's early pull of Aaron Nola costs Phillies as bullpen yields walk-off HR to Braves," 29 Mar. 2018 Salah has scored 32 goals in 39 appearances so far this season and Klopp is clearly reluctant to overexert him before Saturday's game. SI.com, "Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Reveals Porto 'Agreement' With Mohamed Salah Ahead of Man Utd Game," 7 Mar. 2018 Wayne Tinkle did not want to see his son and top player get worn down by overexerting himself months before the season began. Danny Moran, OregonLive.com, "Healthy Tres Tinkle ready to retake court after pushing offseason workload to edge," 2 Nov. 2017 Stop and cool down An exertion headache is your body's way of telling you it's being overexerted, so if one strikes, take a break. Jazmine Polk, Health.com, "What to Do When a Headache Strikes in the Middle of a Workout," 30 Oct. 2017 Crowder's presence allows James to roam on defense and not overexert himself. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks, game 2: Preview and listings," 20 Oct. 2017 Facing a Brighton team lacking impetus without a single striker on the pitch, Arsenal did not have to overexert itself to see off the south-coast side at the Emirates Stadium. USA TODAY, "Arsenal celebrates 21 years of Wenger by beating Brighton," 1 Oct. 2017 Child notices that calls increase around New Year’s, when people overexert themselves on the trails after making ambitious resolutions. Cole Kazdin, Los Angeles Magazine, "If Your Hike up Runyon Ever Goes Sideways, This Is Who Will Rescue You," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of overexert

1817, in the meaning defined above

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transitive verb
over·​ex·​ert | \ˌō-və-rig-ˈzərt \

Medical Definition of overexert 

: to exert (oneself) too much

intransitive verb

: to exert oneself to excess

Other Words from overexert

overexertion \ -​ˈzər-​shən \ noun

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