over·​ex·​ert | \ ˌō-vər-ig-ˈzərt How to pronounce overexert (audio) \
overexerted; overexerting; overexerts

Definition of overexert

transitive + intransitive

: 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 How to pronounce overexertion (audio) \ noun, plural overexertions
an injury caused by overexertion

Examples of overexert in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plan to work your way up instead of overexerting yourself. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, "How To Start Running: A Beginner's Guide," 19 Apr. 2020 Medical professionals don’t want patients to go home and overexert themselves. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "What It's Like to Be a Nurse With Coronavirus," 31 Mar. 2020 Having overexerted himself in fighting off the Enemy, the city’s human avatar falls into a coma and vanishes. New York Times, "When a Sinister Enemy Attacks New York, the City Fights Back," 24 Mar. 2020 Some of the drugs can cause horses to overexert themselves or mask the horse's ability to feel pain, which can led to injuries or death, authorities said. Julia Jacobo And, ABC News, "27 indicted in scheme to illegally dope racehorses in New York," 9 Mar. 2020 Authorities say the drugs can cause horses to overexert themselves, leading to heart issues or death. Stephen Whyno, Anchorage Daily News, "Trainers, veterinarians and others charged in racehorse-drugging scheme," 9 Mar. 2020 Authorities say the drugs can cause horses to overexert themselves, leading to heart issues or death. CBS News, "Trainer of champion horse among 27 charged in horse-drugging scheme," 9 Mar. 2020 Having been out for a year with a cruciate ligament rupture, the Liverpool staff have put the English international on a specialist program so that he is not overexerted in training. SI.com, "Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Absent From Liverpool Squad Following Return From Injury," 21 July 2019 In the finale, the Cavs put a minute limit on Windler, not wanting to overexert him in the Utah altitude. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Dylan Windler, Cleveland Cavaliers cap up-and-down summer league with third straight loss," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of overexert

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Overexert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overexert. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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transitive verb
over·​ex·​ert | \ ˌō-və-rig-ˈzərt How to pronounce overexert (audio) \

Medical Definition of overexert

: to exert (oneself) too much

intransitive verb

: to exert oneself to excess

Other Words from overexert

overexertion \ -​ˈzər-​shən How to pronounce overexertion (audio) \ noun

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