over·​spend | \ ˌō-vər-ˈspend How to pronounce overspend (audio) \
overspent\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈspent How to pronounce overspend (audio) \; overspending

Definition of overspend

transitive verb

1 : to spend or use to excess : exhaust
2 : to exceed in expenditure

intransitive verb

: to spend beyond one's means

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Other Words from overspend

overspender noun

Examples of overspend in a Sentence

The studio clearly overspent on marketing, and the movie was still a flop.
Recent Examples on the Web Tracking your spending is a must since it’s easy to overspend on your credit card. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, "This Week In Credit Card News: Why Banks Are Seeing Huge Profits; Crackdowns Coming For Cryptocurrencies?," 16 Apr. 2021 According to Gartner analyst Ed Anderson, organizations that lack plans to track and monitor cloud costs overspend by an average of 40%. Suman Bhattacharyya, WSJ, "The Many Ways Companies Waste Money With Technology Spending," 9 Mar. 2021 People from various departments will often purchase similar software, causing the organization to overspend and lose out on any volume or bundle discounts. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "14 Ways You May Be Wasting Your IT Team’s Budget," 5 Apr. 2021 Other Chinese state-media outlets have also criticized fintech platforms for encouraging young people to overspend. Xie Yu, WSJ, "China’s Youthful, Debt-Fueled Spending Spree Sparks a Reckoning," 13 Mar. 2021 But they are challenged in the April 6 election by a slate saying incumbents are out of touch with residents and overspend on projects. Michelle Mullins, chicagotribune.com, "Candidates for Homer Glen board differ on Heritage Park and take over of Homer Township Road District," 10 Mar. 2021 Holiday spending at the end of this year will soar as people overspend after having to celebrate giftless with relatives on Zoom. Washington Post, "With vaccinations underway, the economy needs consumers to spend again. But don’t overdo it.," 26 Feb. 2021 No need to overspend for a small home Wattage: 8 kW | Size: 32 in. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "These 5 Best Standby Generators Can Help You Weather Any Storm," 21 Sep. 2020 There is a tendency to overspend or otherwise overdo it. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of overspend

1593, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of overspend was in 1593

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10 May 2021

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“Overspend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overspend. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overspend

: to spend more than the planned or proper amount of money

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