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

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

Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overexpand was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Overexpand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overexpand. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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