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

Other Words from overexert

overexertion \ ˌō-​vər-​ig-​ˈzər-​shən How to pronounce overexert (audio) \ noun, plural overexertions
an injury caused by overexertion

Examples of overexert in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don’t be in a rush and don’t overexert yourself on the way up, because going down is a completely different animal. oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2022 The weather service urged those spending time outdoors during the afternoon hours to drink plenty of water, don’t overexert and stay in the shade when possible. Leigh Morgan, al, 12 June 2022 During the afternoon, Jihad El Hefnawi did homework and watched TikTok videos before heading off to soccer practice, trying not to overexert himself while fasting. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Apr. 2022 Lady Macbeth receives word of what’s to come and, independently of her husband — who doesn’t exactly overexert himself trying to stop her — hatches a plan to kill the current king (Brendan Gleeson). K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 15 Jan. 2022 Having been ordered by doctors not to overexert himself, Vitale won’t attend the teams’ shootarounds, instead gathering his pregame intelligence through phone calls with the coaches. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2021 To make up for that lack of strength, these amputees will often overexert their intact leg or overwork their hip. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Oct. 2021 Weaver acknowledged before the season being anxious to contribute on the field once again, even as doctors, coaches and his mother constantly reminded him to not overexert himself. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 23 Sep. 2021 However, experts say patients shouldn’t overexert themselves. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2020 See More

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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 28 Sep. 2022.

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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 overexert (audio) \ noun

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