over·​spend | \ˌō-vər-ˈspend \
overspent\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈspent \; 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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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 There is a risk, of course, that cities and states overspend in offering incentives to woo companies. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Cities Recycle Their Amazon Pitches to Attract New Business," 14 May 2018 The ouster came after the sons, Mark and David Wellstone, raised concerns about overspending in areas of the organization’s budget — and after a dispute over the direction and priorities of the group. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: A more competitive map," 14 May 2018 Experts leagues owners have a tendency to overspend in the early going, so one thing that helps me is tracking the in-draft inflation to find places where bargains typically occur. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "NL Tout Wars recap: Handling in-auction inflation key to finding bargains," 18 Mar. 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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