over·​heat·​ed | \ ˌō-vər-ˈhē-təd How to pronounce overheated (audio) \

Definition of overheated

1 : perfervid
2 : characterized by marked inflation from an increase in demand and a decrease in supply an overheated economy

Examples of overheated in a Sentence

She worked in a stuffy, overheated office. The discussion was getting overheated. The market for new houses is overheated.
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In honor of Earth Day, and our precious, overheated planet, pull it off, dust it off, and wear it today. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Choose Used! In Honor of Earth Day, 8 Fashion Insiders Model Their Oldest, Most Treasured Clothes," 22 Apr. 2019 Tests conducted by the FAA showed that gasses from overheated batteries can build up in cargo containers and cause large explosions that can disable an aircraft. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Lithium-Ion Batteries Banned on Airliners Over Fire Concerns," 23 Feb. 2016 Less than a year into his presidency, Mr. Macron’s push to upend France has spawned intense and sometimes overheated reactions. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Emmanuel Macron Becomes France’s Answer to Strongman Populism," 22 Mar. 2018 That’s good news: The Fed need not worry that the tight labor market is indicative of an overheated economy—yet. Edward P. Lazear, WSJ, "America’s Economy Isn’t Overheating," 9 Oct. 2018 This official said that market declines are the product of a natural correction to overheated markets, along with structural forces such as electronic trading, among other issues. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "As Market Rout Continues, Trump Stands Firm on Fed, Border Wall," 25 Dec. 2018 But also warmth: an overheated office, or sitting snugly by the fireplace. Nadia Berenstein, SELF, "Holiday Parties Bring Out the Worst of My Rosacea," 19 Dec. 2018 The hyperbolic overheated reaction to these charges is somewhat reminiscent of what happened to the Duke Lacrosse team more than a decade ago. Fox News, "Ingraham: The rush to judgment and injustice for Kavanaugh," 18 Sep. 2018 President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are now planning to meet in late November, which means that there will be plenty of opportunity for overheated rhetoric until then. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Tech’s Red October Should Flash a Yellow Light," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of overheated

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of overheated

: too hot
: too excited or emotional
of a market or economy : having too much activity, growth, etc.

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a strong desire or propensity

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