over·​im·​press | \ ˌō-vər-im-ˈpres How to pronounce overimpress (audio) \
overimpressed; overimpressing

Definition of overimpress

transitive + intransitive

: to impress (someone or something) to an excessive degree especially : to give (someone) an extremely or unduly favorable impression (see impression sense 1a) … I don't feel like I'm overdoing anything, or trying to overimpress the coaches. — Laurence Maroney a candidate who didn't overimpress He writes about real people and real situations, never trying to overthink or overimpress with lofty wordiness. — Mario Tarradell often used in passive constructions … a flawed man overimpressed by his own intelligence. — Sue Turnbull Often we see that a trainee is overimpressed with the ideas of the supervisor. — Luigi Boscolo I haven't been overimpressed with unoaked chardonnays from Australia, … but this one delivers. — Beppi Crosariol The appeals court was provided with a videotape of the three dancers dancing …. The judges were not overimpressed. — William O'Rourke

First Known Use of overimpress

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Overimpress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overimpress. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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