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

Definition of overinterpret

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

Other Words from overinterpret

overinterpretation \ ˌō-​vər-​in-​ˌtər-​prə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce overinterpret (audio) , -​pə-​ \ 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

First Known Use of overinterpret

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Overinterpret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overinterpret. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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