overexert

verb, transitive + intransitive over·ex·ert \ ˌō-vər-ig-ˈzərt \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

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

overexertion

play \ˌō-vər-ig-ˈzər-shən\ noun, plural overexertions
    • an injury caused by overexertion

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First Known Use of overexert

1817

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overexert

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

medical Definition of overexert

: to exert (oneself) too much
: to exert oneself to excess

overexertion

play \-ˈzər-shən\ noun

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