overinvest

verb

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

Examples of overinvest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dot-com bubble, for example, led companies of all stripes to overinvest in technology, and the capital-spending bust that followed both contributed to the 2001 recession and made the early years of the subsequent recovery painfully slow. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 30 Jan. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of overinvest was in 1865

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“Overinvest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overinvest. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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