overextend

verb
over·ex·tend | \ˌō-vər-ik-ˈstend \
overextended; overextending; overextends

Definition of overextend 

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from overextend

overextension \ˌō-vər-ik-ˈsten(t)-shən \ noun

Examples of overextend in a Sentence

He overextended a muscle in his arm.

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After a winter that seemed to overextend its welcome and then weekends filled with rain, many around Baltimore would enjoy nothing more than taking in a hot day with a drink in hand. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "Three Maryland restaurants make OpenTable's best outdoor dining list," 20 June 2018 Take your hair-color touch-ups into your own hands, and extend the life of your color without overextending your haircare budget! Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "The #1 Way To Touch Up Your Own Roots," 26 Mar. 2015 Ambitious and inventive, but unevenly acted and overextended, this will certainly hold one's interest, despite its hit-or-miss qualities. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Chicagoans / Comedy / Film / LGBTQ+ / Music / On Video Chicago Underground Film Festival at 25: A look back," 4 June 2018 If those standards are not met, the GMOC can ask the city to allocate tax dollars to address certain issues or even ask for a moratorium on growth to prevent city services from being overextended. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Chula Vista sacrifices library services to beef up public safety," 24 May 2018 For example, experience has shown that there is no innovation, however seemingly benign, that the finance sector cannot overcomplicate and overextend. The Economist, "Lessons to a columnist’s previous self," 12 May 2018 The best way to beat a defense that’s overextending and jumping passing lanes is with backdoor cuts and using flare slips by the screen setters. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers vs. Cavs NBA Playoffs 2018: What to watch in Game 4," 22 Apr. 2018 A decade after the recession, Ms. Corsano is still unwilling to overextend herself. Kate King, WSJ, "It’s Not Business as Usual For One Connecticut Company," 14 Apr. 2018 The satire of bourgeois affluence can seem glib and overextended. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Is God Is’ Reinvents the Good, the Bad and the Ugly," 18 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of overextend

1859, in the meaning defined above

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overextend

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overextend

: to extend or stretch (something) too far

overextend

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

Medical Definition of overextend 

: to extend too far overextend the back

Other Words from overextend

overextension \-ˈsten-chən \ noun

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