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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Recent Examples on the Web As with overheated markets throughout the country, these price hikes reflect a diminishing supply. New York Times, "Hudson Valley Real Estate Market Still Overheated," 19 Mar. 2021 Despite the overheated and competitive housing market of the last year, fewer homebuyers have been opting for these kinds of loans. Anna Bahney, CNN, "How to buy a home with no down payment," 3 Mar. 2021 Considering that the new White House is also talking about spending on a version of the Green New Deal, the prospect of over stimulus and an overheated and inflationary economy have become real. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, "Bonds Send A Warning," 1 Mar. 2021 Going too big, according to this argument, could overlearn the lessons of 2009, resulting in an overheated economy and, gulp, inflation. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Larry Summers Is Finally, Belatedly Irrelevant," 5 Feb. 2021 In an earlier reflection of the overheated political climate, last year armed protesters gathered outside Beshear's home and then hanged him in effigy. Bruce Schreiner, ajc, "Impeachment fever hits Kentucky with efforts to oust leaders," 31 Jan. 2021 On the other hand, if the evidence is strong, Pence by his presence will need to maintain decorum in an overheated environment. John Fund, National Review, "Wednesday’s Electoral College Debate: All Eyes on Pence," 3 Jan. 2021 That something like this guide into a complex market even exists for novices to download seems to be a stock-tips-from-the-shoeshine-man moment in a wildly overheated market. Star Tribune, "Schafer: What's behind the big decision Bob Dylan just made," 18 Dec. 2020 The Bay Area’s overheated job and housing markets cooled a bit with the pandemic as some residents lost work and others, including heads of major companies, picked up and left town. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Biggest Bay Area news stories of 2020? In a year ruled by pandemic, other important narratives broke out," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of overheated

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overheated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overheated. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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