overreach

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

Definition of overreach

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
2a : to go to excess
3 : to overreach oneself

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Other Words from overreach

overreach \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌrēch How to pronounce overreach (audio) , ˈō-​və-​ , ˌō-​vər-​ˈrēch , ˌō-​və-​ \ noun
overreacher \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌrē-​chər How to pronounce overreacher (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.

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Wheeler said that the Obama administration overreached its authority with its rule, the Clean Power Plan, which was suspended by the Supreme Court after challenges from 28 states and hundreds of companies. Lisa Friedman, BostonGlobe.com, "EPA finalizes plan to replace Obama-era climate rules," 19 June 2019 His more modest book argues that elites have overreached, both in the U.S. and in Europe, in advocating large-scale immigration and trade deals and foreign interventions. Jason Willick, WSJ, "‘The Virtue of Nationalism’ and ‘The Nationalist Revival’ Review: Against the Liberal Empire," 9 Oct. 2018 Today’s order represents a huge victory for the rule of law, against the overreaching anti-immigrant policies of the Trump Administration. Alanna Durkin Richer, BostonGlobe.com, "Federal judge halts immigration arrests at Massachusetts courts while lawsuit plays out," 20 June 2019 In the case of Foster, the Republicans might have overreached with the socialist thing. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: Washington Republicans call little-known Greater Cincinnati Democrat a 'socialist loser.' Why that might be a losing message," 2 July 2019 The president’s crude tweets and Barack Obama’s overreaching use of his pen are cheered by their supporters as proportionate responses to alarming circumstances. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "Conservatives, Put Culture First," 1 July 2019 Serious about avoiding government overreach, the legislature meets only every other year. The Economist, "California and Texas have different visions for America’s future," 22 June 2019 And overreach by the DEA is destroying tens of thousands of patients’ lives for no good reason. STAT, "Stop persecuting doctors for legitimately prescribing opioids for chronic pain," 28 June 2019 But let’s be careful not to overreach and create barriers that turn away bright students or cut off lines of communication with scientists from other countries. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Powerful U.S. senator calls for vetting NIH grantees at hearing on foreign influences," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of overreach

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

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More Definitions for overreach

overreach

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overreach

: to try to do something that is beyond your ability to do

overreach

intransitive verb
over·​reach | \ -ˈrēch How to pronounce overreach (audio) \

Medical Definition of overreach

of a horse
: to strike the toe of the hind foot against the heel or quarter of the forefoot

overreach

transitive verb
over·​reach | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrēch How to pronounce overreach (audio) \

Legal Definition of overreach

: 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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