over·​prom·​ise ˌō-vər-ˈprä-məs How to pronounce overpromise (audio)
overpromised; overpromising

transitive + intransitive

: to promise more than is possible or realistic
Political candidates always overpromise or else the electorate won't bother to show up at their rallies. Michael Gomez
… received sharp criticism for overpromising and underperforming. Industry Week
Then a change in the Facebook algorithm punished click bait, which can tend to overpromise on what it links to. Steep traffic drops followed. Jim Rutenberg
To close a deal, bad vendors tend to overpromise features that they claim will be added down the line but never materialize. Michael Kan

Word History

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overpromise was in 1677

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Cite this Entry

“Overpromise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overpromise. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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