overheat

verb over·heat \ ˌō-vər-ˈhēt \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

Definition of overheat

1 : to heat to excess
2 : to stimulate or agitate unduly
: to become heated beyond a safe or desirable point

Examples of overheat in a Sentence

  1. I overheated the food in the microwave.

  2. Be careful not to overheat the engine.

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First Known Use of overheat

14th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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OVERHEAT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of overheat for English Language Learners

  • : to become too hot

  • : to cause (something) to become too hot


OVERHEAT Defined for Kids

overheat

verb over·heat \ ˌō-vər-ˈhēt \

Definition of overheat for Students

overheated; overheating
: to heat too much : become too hot
  • The engine overheated.


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