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.
Recent Examples on the Web According to the Daily Mail, Moshiri is ready to pay for Costa up front, even though Everton have overspent their transfer budget over the last few seasons. SI.com, "Diego Costa Linked With Surprise Premier League Return as Everton Show Interest," 7 July 2019 Whatever your drink of choice, following these tips could help keep you from overspending at your favorite coffee spot — without giving up your habit. Washington Post, "Millennial Money: Drink up savings at Starbucks," 28 Aug. 2019 Earlier this year, some experts also worried about overspending on data sharing when there are other urgent needs, such as basic studies of genes that cause pediatric cancers. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Researchers weigh in on Trump’s $500 million plan to share childhood cancer data," 5 Aug. 2019 Don’t overspend on items for your home or something that isn’t necessary. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: June 8, 2019," 8 June 2019 Getting along with everyone is in your best interest, but don’t feel it’s necessary to be indulgent or overspend to be accepted. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: July 14, 2019," 14 July 2019 This means there is bound to be a tendency for government to overspend. Priscilla Twumasi-baffour, Quartz Africa, "Many Ghanaians think their country should divorce the IMF—that isn’t likely to happen," 8 July 2019 The Chicago Tribune, alarmed about overspending, rising taxes and pork for politicians, notes that lawmakers were also cheering pay rises for themselves. The Economist, "More liberal, functional Illinois," 21 June 2019 Look for ingenious ways to put your plans in motion without overspending. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: July 3, 2019," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of overspend

1593, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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15 Oct 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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