overexplain

verb
over·​ex·​plain | \ ˌō-vər-ik-ˈsplān How to pronounce overexplain (audio) \
overexplained; overexplaining

Definition of overexplain

: to explain (something) to an excessive degree The stories tended to be as simple as a good children's picture-book, so that nothing needed to be overexplained.— Noel Murray Students are confused about the instructions: … Repeat … the rules to clarify but do not overexplain.— Katrina Schwartz

First Known Use of overexplain

1828, in the meaning defined above

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