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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to spend beyond one's means
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 Newsom’s critics blame the governor and Democrats for overspending and causing the deficit. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Stardust says this period could provide a substantial income for you, but warns not to overspend. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 The state’s Republicans, whose votes the Democratic majority hasn’t needed to pass a budget, say Democrats are overspending, noting the state budget has more than doubled in a decade, from $152 billion to $311 billion last year, an increase from $108 billion to $226 billion in the general fund. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 Avoid overspending on these items, considering their limited useful life. Pattie Ehsaei, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile, the Giants can’t get superstars to take their money, so overspending a bit ($113 million) on Korean outfielder Jung Hoo Lee was their next best option. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2024 Avoid overreacting, overspending and making premature decisions. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 19 Feb. 2024 There's no need to overspend on experts for initial ideas; authenticity breeds innovation. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 In an industry already brought to its knees by the COVID-19 pandemic, overspending during the streaming wars, overlapping labor disputes and mass layoff-inducing corporate mergers, AI is just one more wrench to worry about for entertainment workers. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of overspend was in 1593

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“Overspend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overspend. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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