over·​heat·​ed ˌō-vər-ˈhē-təd How to pronounce overheated (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of overheated was in 1693

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“Overheated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overheated. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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