over·heat·ed | \ˌō-vər-ˈhē-təd \

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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People both well-meaning and self-interested argue about whether supply and demand actually applies on the neighborhood scale in an overheated housing market. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Big Tech Isn’t the Problem With Homelessness. It’s All of Us," 21 June 2018 The production was a disaster, with a malfunctioning dry-ice machine, overheated costumes and an unfinished score that Mr. Knussen continued tweaking for another four years. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Oliver Knussen, influential composer of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ opera, dies at 66," 12 July 2018 Some residents were furious the system malfunctioned, which the mayor attributed to an overheated modem. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Hartford PD: Six Days After Boy's Drowning, Man Falsely Reports Another," 10 July 2018 Come summertime, chefs at Louisville restaurants adapt to our wish for light, refreshing fare with menu updates designed to tantalize overheated palates. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville chefs re-imagine menus when you're just too hot to eat," 3 July 2018 The overheated axle bearing could cause a fire on the train if not deal with immediately. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Hammond Train Wreck of 1918 Killed Scores of Circus Performers," 22 June 2018 It was preceded by an Upbeat Live talk by psychiatrist and pianist Richard Kogan, who described Schumann's brilliantly overheated, obsessive, disjointed piano music as an instance of a serious bipolar condition in operation. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Keeping Schumann sane: Mitsuko Uchida and the L.A. Phil deliver method over madness," 18 May 2018 Other pieces feel overheated and underthought, like a garish, vacant Bride of Frankenstein that is both literally and metaphorically drippy. New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 10 May 2018 The toddler was found overheated and in and out of consciousness inside the vehicle at the apartment complex and was taken to a local hospital in critical but stable condition, deputies said. James Tutten, ajc, "Florida mom arrested after 3-year-old left in car overnight, deputies say; child hospitalized," 18 June 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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