overexpand

verb
over·​ex·​pand | \ ˌō-vər-ik-ˈspand How to pronounce overexpand (audio) \
overexpanded; overexpanding

Definition of overexpand

transitive + intransitive

: to expand too much or too quickly … one lung overexpanded and collapsed …— Jack Fincher Some tech companies overexpanded in the late '90s, so they're reluctant to make new capital investments.— Michael Sivy He bought a lighting manufacturer, … overexpanded it, and lost millions.— Patricia Sellers

First Known Use of overexpand

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Overexpand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overexpand. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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