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

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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 2 Oct. 2022.

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