over·​pro·​cess ˌō-vər-ˈprä-ˌses How to pronounce overprocess (audio)
overprocessed; overprocessing

transitive verb

: to process (something) too much
This reaction to overprocessed [=overproduced] music began with the lo-fi movement of employing analog recording and rawer production.Michelle Mills
especially : to subject (something) to treatment or handling too often or for too long
As with a relaxer, avoid overprocessing the hair. Apply the dye to your roots only. Tasha Turner
The major drawback to using a food processor is that you get a very uneven cut of meat and it is very easy to overprocess meat. Susan Mahnke Perry
Overprocessed, overpackaged foods just can't be considered that green, even when they're vegan. Siel Ju

Examples of overprocess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pulse in tempeh and rice but do not overprocess. Beth Segal, cleveland, 27 Aug. 2020 In the bowl of a food processor, place the salmon, ginger and scallions, and pulse just until the ingredients are chopped; do not overprocess. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Be careful not to overprocess the stuffing; it should not be pureed. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Oct. 2022 Do not overprocess as the almonds will release oils and start to clump. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Transfer the dukkah mixture to a food processor and grind to a coarse powder, being careful not to overprocess into a paste. Washington Post, 4 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overprocess was in 1911

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“Overprocess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overprocess. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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