overinterpret

verb
over·in·ter·pret | \ ˌō-vər-in-ˈtər-prət , -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

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overinterpretation \ˌō-vər-in-ˌtər-prə-ˈtā-shən, -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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