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

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
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

Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overlend was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Overlend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlend. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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