overexpand

verb over·ex·pand \ ˌō-vər-ik-ˈspand \

Definition of overexpand

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

First Known Use of overexpand

1851

in the meaning defined above

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