overfeed

verb
over·​feed | \ ˌō-vər-ˈfēd How to pronounce overfeed (audio) \
overfed\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈfed How to pronounce overfeed (audio) \; overfeeding

Definition of overfeed

transitive verb

: to feed to excess

intransitive verb

: to eat to excess

Examples of overfeed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add fresh mulch, plant deep (really deep), feed the soil, but don’t overfeed the plant. Remy Tumin, New York Times, "Texas, Vaccines, Tomatoes: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing," 13 May 2020 Though you may be tempted to spoil your pet, limit treats and don’t overfeed it. Michele C. Hollow, New York Times, "A Guide for First-Time Pet Owners During the Pandemic," 6 May 2020 Dogs, especially smaller breeds, require far fewer calories than humans do and are easy to overfeed. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Resolutions for a paw-some New Year," 11 Jan. 2020 The flaw lets hackers gain access to the pet feeders, letting them do things like overfeed your cat or dog. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A Security Flaw Lets Hackers Overfill Your Pet's Bowl," 16 Nov. 2019 And a pet peeve, a First World pet peeve, is going to fine-dining restaurants where their solution is to overfeed you so many carbs and starches! Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Getting Salty with pastry chef Mary Edinger of Table at Season to Taste," 23 July 2019 Similar to train travel, don’t overfeed your pet before flying. Rachel Rabkin Peachman, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Travel Safely With Pets," 25 May 2018 There’s many, many things that pet owners can do to show healthy affection without overfeeding. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Dr. Eric Mueller's tips for fighting pet obesity," 6 June 2018 Don’t overfeed before a long journey; a light meal a few hours before leaving can help avoid nausea during the trip. Rachel Rabkin Peachman, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Travel Safely With Pets," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of overfeed

1589, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Overfeed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overfeed. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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overfeed

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overfeed

: to give too much food to (someone or something)

overfeed

verb
over·​feed | \ ˌō-vər-ˈfēd How to pronounce overfeed (audio) \
overfed\ -​ˈfed How to pronounce overfeed (audio) \; overfeeding

Medical Definition of overfeed

transitive verb

: to feed to excess

intransitive verb

: to eat to excess

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