over·​in·​vest | \ˌō-vər-in-ˈvest \
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 \ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about overinvest

Share overinvest

Statistics for overinvest

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for overinvest

The first known use of overinvest was in 1865

See more words from the same year

Comments on overinvest

What made you want to look up overinvest? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


playful or foolish behavior

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!