over·​in·​ter·​pret ˌō-vər-in-ˈtər-prət How to pronounce overinterpret (audio)
overinterpreted; overinterpreting

transitive verb

: to read too much into (something) : to attribute to (something) a meaning or importance that does not seem likely or reasonable
I don't want to overinterpret their works with my curatorial babble.Philippe Vergne
Maybe polls work after all, although it's clear we all overuse them and overinterpret them.David Mazzarella
overinterpretation noun
plural overinterpretations
… the fine balance between insightful analysis and compulsive overinterpretation. Carol J. Oja
Once again I will stick closely to the text to avoid overinterpretation. Denny Taylor

Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overinterpret was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Overinterpret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overinterpret. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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