Definition of overextend
: to extend or expand beyond a safe or reasonable point; especially : to commit (oneself) financially beyond what can be paid
overextensionplay \ˌō-vər-ik-ˈsten(t)-shən\ noun
Examples of overextend in a Sentence
He overextended a muscle in his arm.
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Consumers overall tend to be paying their bills on time more regularly, showing less interest in opening more lines of credit that could lead to overextending themselves and doing a better job of managing their finances, Dornhelm said.
The U.N. is short of funds, overextended, and has never successfully stopped warfare on its own, as opposed to keeping a peace brokered by others.
Unlike some lenders that overextended themselves during Spain’s runaway property market in the early 2000s and were bailed out, Popular refused state aid in 2012 despite a stress test that showed a capital shortfall.
Instead of overextending themselves in a crowded retail landscape or jockeying for tap handles in bars, these small brewers are biding their time, telling their stories and selling their own beer directly to consumers.
Vice Mayor Liz Kniss shared Keene’s concerns about overextending staff.
The police force appears to be overextended and underfunded.
Compared with most other sports, the risk of injury in running is low, especially with proper stretching and training schedules designed not to overextend yourself.
The Clippers play in an incredibly desirable market and could effectively clear their books at a time the Lakers and Knicks have overextended themselves without being playoff teams.
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Definition of overextend for English Language Learners
: to extend or stretch (something) too far
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