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

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 Researchers from the University of Puget Sound in Washington have revealed that people who use these payment methods are more likely to overspend. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Do not overspend your budget; there is a learning curve in each new venue/space/room. Susan Johnston, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2022 Regulators have understandable concerns that the BNPL trend will have some negative impacts on consumers—particularly younger consumers who may not see BNPL as a credit product and inadvertently overspend and accumulate debt. Andrew Gilboy, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 If led only by short-term thinking, a nonprofit can easily overspend on programming and underspend on marketing. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 But Zaslav emphasized in February that his team would focus on competing in streaming, but not overspend to do so. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Apr. 2022 The only advice your spirit team has for the month of January is not to overspend. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Apr. 2022 The services have started popping up at gas stations and grocery stores, which could enable users to more easily overspend on necessities. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2022 But if that risk proves baseless, employers that insist on presence in the workplace will overspend on real estate and, far worse, may not attract and keep the best workers. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overspend

1593, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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21 Jul 2022

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“Overspend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overspend. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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