over·​in·​vest | \ ˌō-vər-in-ˈvest How to pronounce overinvest (audio) \
overinvested; overinvesting

Definition of overinvest

1 intransitive : to invest too much money Competitive firms keep expanding until they eventually overinvest.— Daniel Gressel often + in … companies have overinvested in computers and communications networks.— Robert J. Samuelson
2 transitive : to involve or engage (oneself) emotionally to an excessive degree usually used in as overinvested in Because many parents are overinvested in their children, they believe they have the right to opine about their offspring's career management, and to criticize them for not behaving the way they want them to.— Barbara Moses… gets overinvested in volunteering at the church when she and her husband … hit a rough spot …— Alyssa Rosenberg

Other Words from overinvest

overinvestment \ ˌō-​vər-​in-​ˈvest-​mənt How to pronounce overinvest (audio) \ noun, plural overinvestments
Capitalist economies have a long history of overinvestment in hot new technologies. — Hal R. Varian … emotional overinvestment in a child's success. — Hara Estroff Marano

First Known Use of overinvest

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overinvest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overinvest. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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