overreach

verb

over·​reach ˌō-vər-ˈrēch How to pronounce overreach (audio)
ˌō-və-
overreached; overreaching; overreaches

transitive verb

1
: to reach above or beyond : overtop
2
: to defeat (oneself) by seeking to do or gain too much
3
: to get the better of especially in dealing and bargaining and typically by unscrupulous or crafty methods

intransitive verb

1
of a horse : to strike the forefoot with the front part of the hind foot
2
a
: to go to excess
3
: to overreach oneself
overreach noun
overreacher
ˈō-vər-ˌrē-chər How to pronounce overreach (audio)
ˈō-və-
ˌō-vər-ˈrē-chər
ˌō-və-
noun

Examples of overreach in a Sentence

She overreaches in her latest book, and her argument is not convincing. The company overreached itself and ran out of money after one year.
Recent Examples on the Web Still hardline on migration and believing the EU has overreached, Meloni has shown greater willingness to cooperate with others in the EU, meaning the ECR could play a greater role in the new parliament. Fox News, 29 May 2024 That was designed to energize Libertarian activists who believe government investigators overreached in building their case against Silk Road, and who generally oppose criminal drug policies more broadly. Will Weissert, Fortune, 26 May 2024 But for lawyers like Talcott and those who have long expressed concerns that the commission is overreaching, such a move is unsurprising, and some precedent already exists. Jenavieve Hatch, Sacramento Bee, 22 May 2024 Counterintuitive to Governor Moore’s goal of bringing data center growth to our state and uplifting small businesses, lawmakers passed significant, overreaching data privacy legislation. Michael Gill, Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for overreach 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of overreach was in the 14th century

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“Overreach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overreach. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

overreach

verb
over·​reach -ˈrēch How to pronounce overreach (audio)
1
: to reach above or beyond : overtop
2
: to defeat (oneself) by trying to do or gain too much
3
4
: to reach or go too far
overreacher noun

Medical Definition

overreach

intransitive verb
over·​reach -ˈrēch How to pronounce overreach (audio)
of a horse
: to strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or quarter of the forefoot

Legal Definition

overreach

transitive verb
over·​reach ˌō-vər-ˈrēch How to pronounce overreach (audio)
: to make (someone or something) the subject of overreaching
this uncounseled defendant was…overreached by the prosecution's submission of misinformation to the courtTownsend v. Burke, 334 U.S. 736 (1948)
must determine whether it overreached privilegeNational Law Journal

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