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

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

Examples of overexert in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Joy Landry with Hamilton County Environmental Services said that children, the elderly and people with asthma should avoid overexerting themselves outside while the advisory is in effect. Josh Goad, Cincinnati.com, "Air quality takes a dive for the weekend: Advisory in effect as temperatures rise," 24 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of overexert

1817, in the meaning defined above

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11 Oct 2019

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The first known use of overexert was in 1817

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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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