overlend

verb
over·​lend | \ ˌō-vər-ˈlend How to pronounce overlend (audio) \
overlent\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈlent How to pronounce overlent (audio) \; overlending

Definition of overlend

intransitive verb

: to lend too much money Investors, who believed in the safety of bonds, and borrowers, who trusted that no one would overlend to them, incurred all the risk.— Louis Hyman

Other Words from overlend

overlending noun
… the U.S. housing meltdown, much of which was caused by overlending and applicants not even having to file proof of income. — Susan Pigg

First Known Use of overlend

1892, in the meaning defined above

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“Overlend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlend. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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