overextend

verb

over·​ex·​tend ˌō-vər-ik-ˈstend How to pronounce overextend (audio)
overextended; overextending; overextends

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

He overextended a muscle in his arm.
Recent Examples on the Web One common misconception is that muscle dysphoria is only about overextend themselves and surpassing their physical limits in the gym. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 7 Nov. 2022 Otherwise, this field can easily get overwhelming, so don’t feel the need to overextend yourself. Jules Terpak, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2022 As winter approaches, Kyiv must take care not to overextend its forces. Simon Shuster, Time, 26 Sep. 2022 So, in a bid to make things right, entrepreneurs can lose sight of what’s important and overextend themselves. Pascal Bachmann, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Don’t overextend yourself on new projects or initiatives. Yec, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 With economists beginning to warn of a major national recession in 2023, Democrats also wanted to be careful not to overextend, said Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 1 June 2022 When a certain level of productivity is required at the workplace, and ADHD is known to cause executive dysfunction, and poor time management, one is forced to overextend themselves in order to meet expectations. Nayanika Guha, refinery29.com, 6 Apr. 2022 Keep a neutral spine throughout the movement, and be mindful to not overextend your back at the peak of the swing or squat too low on the return. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, 23 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overextend was in 1859

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Cite this Entry

“Overextend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overextend. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

overextend

verb

over·​ex·​tend ˌō-vər-ik-ˈstend How to pronounce overextend (audio)
: to extend or expand beyond a safe or reasonable point
especially : to commit (oneself) financially beyond what can be paid
overextension noun

Medical Definition

overextend

transitive verb

over·​ex·​tend ˌō-və-rik-ˈstend How to pronounce overextend (audio)
: to extend too far
overextend the back
overextension noun

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