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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Look for ingenious ways to put your plans in motion without overspending. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: July 3, 2019," 3 July 2019 By stopping the government from overspending, the fiscal rule also helps keep a lid on inflation. The Economist, "Russia is heaven for bondholders and hell for stockpickers," 29 June 2019 Highland Park continued to overspend its budget, mostly on law enforcement, during Porter's terms. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Former Highland Park Mayor Linsey Porter to get horse-drawn funeral procession," 26 June 2019 People often overspend the most on eating out at restaurants and entertainment activities, like going to a bar or to the movies. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "How to Make a Budget That's Easy to Understand and Easier to Follow," 10 June 2019 Just don't fall into the trap of overspending out of desperation. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "21 Foolproof Father’s Day Gifts That Won’t Break the Bank," 29 May 2019 Cutting costs for host cities has become a priority for the International Olympic Committee, which has been criticized for pressuring them to overspend on new venues in the past. Stephen Wade, The Seattle Times, "Tokyo’s 1964 Olympics echo through the city’s 2020 games," 22 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of overspend

1593, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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9 Jul 2019

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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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