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

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To avoid overspending on your new credit card, set a weekly budget and keep tabs on your accounts. Claire Tsosie, The Seattle Times, "What really matters with your first credit card," 14 Aug. 2018 In Europe, authorities forced overspending governments to embrace austerity programs. David J. Lynch, The Seattle Times, "Global debt soars, along with fears of crisis ahead," 4 Sep. 2018 The coalition of the right-wing League and sort-of-left-wing 5 Star Movement is proposing to overspend revenues by 2.4% of gross domestic product for the next few years—and that’s if GDP growth meets their rosy assumptions. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Italy Issues a Euro Dare to Germany," 11 Oct. 2018 Both schools succumbed to a narrow interest group vote that led the school boards to illegally overspend and bankrupt their system. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Here's why Indiana schools and their communities won at ballot box, writes Michael Hicks," 20 May 2018 That contrast has come to the fore as Wheeler prepares to take the helm of the agency on Monday in the wake of Pruitt’s resignation amid allegations of overspending andethical misconduct. Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, "Shift at EPA shows technocrats are replacing big-personality Cabinet members," 6 July 2018 She was charged last month with fraud and breach of trust for allegedly overspending roughly $100,000 on private meals at the prime minister’s official residence, even when there was a full-time chef on staff. Washington Post, "Israel’s Netanyahu passionately defends beleaguered wife," 2 July 2018 Murphy, which operates four elementary schools with about 1,450 students in west Phoenix, will have overspent its 2017-18 budget by between $400,000 to $500,000. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "'We're asking for help': State will take over dysfunctional Murphy school district," 25 June 2018 Weinstein could overspend on acquisitions because Disney, Dimension, and the occasional hit allowed him to — up to a point. John Clark, latimes.com, "The indie film world reacts to the fall of the house of Weinstein," 31 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of overspend

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

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