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 overexert (audio) \ noun, plural overexertions
an injury caused by overexertion

Examples of overexert in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, experts say patients shouldn’t overexert themselves. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2020 So Duncan Robinson went for 19 points in the first half, Bam Adebayo was allowed to play through early foul trouble, and Jimmy Butler wasn't asked to overexert. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 12 Aug. 2020 Plan to work your way up instead of overexerting yourself. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 19 Apr. 2020 Medical professionals don’t want patients to go home and overexert themselves. Zahra Barnes, SELF, 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, 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, 9 Mar. 2020 Authorities say the drugs can cause horses to overexert themselves, leading to heart issues or death. Stephen Whyno, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Mar. 2020 Authorities say the drugs can cause horses to overexert themselves, leading to heart issues or death. CBS News, 9 Mar. 2020

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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