over·​ex·​tend | \ ˌō-vər-ik-ˈstend How to pronounce overextend (audio) \
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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overextension \ ˌō-​vər-​ik-​ˈsten(t)-​shən How to pronounce overextension (audio) \ noun

Examples of overextend in a Sentence

He overextended a muscle in his arm.

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The rest of the 28-member EU is overextended, stressed and geopolitically weak. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Charles de Gaulle Saw Brexit Coming," 21 Jan. 2019 This involves not just overextended series but the growing list of revivals. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "On That ‘Barry’ Finale and Why Some Shows Are So Good, They Need to End," 13 May 2018 Another concern is that bets on technology stocks may have become overextended after a long run. Akane Otani, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Surge, Erasing Some Recent Losses," 16 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of overextend

1859, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overextend

: to extend or stretch (something) too far


transitive verb
over·​ex·​tend | \ ˌō-və-rik-ˈstend How to pronounce overextend (audio) \

Medical Definition of overextend

: to extend too far overextend the back

Other Words from overextend

overextension \ -​ˈsten-​chən How to pronounce overextension (audio) \ noun

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