overextend

verb over·ex·tend \ ˌō-vər-ik-ˈstend \
|Updated on: 4 Aug 2018

Definition of overextend

: to extend or expand beyond a safe or reasonable point; especially : to commit (oneself) financially beyond what can be paid

overextension

play \ˌō-vər-ik-ˈsten(t)-shən\ noun

Examples of overextend in a Sentence

  1. He overextended a muscle in his arm.

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First Known Use of overextend

1859

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OVEREXTEND Defined for English Language Learners

overextend

Definition of overextend for English Language Learners

  • : to extend or stretch (something) too far


Medical Dictionary

overextend

transitive verb over·ex·tend \ ˌō-və-rik-ˈstend \

medical Definition of overextend

: to extend too far
  • overextend the back

overextension

play \-ˈsten-chən\ noun

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