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 Spending less makes sense—but why would someone who’s worried about money overspend? Bethany Heitman, Health.com, "3 Money Tips for Navigating a Financial Emergency," 20 May 2020 Integrity can mean being careful not to overspend on credit. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "When Quakers Become Takers," 9 May 2020 Even so traditional movie studios tend to operate within strict budget limitations, seeking not to erode a film’s profits by overspending on awards campaigning. WSJ, "Netflix Spends Big for Oscars—Will Hollywood Give In?," 4 Feb. 2020 This will mean waiving rules meant to ensure that countries don’t overspend and that governments don’t unfairly assist companies. New York Times, "Will ‘Helicopter Money’ and the ‘Big Bazooka’ Help Rescue Europe?," 20 Mar. 2020 Donald then wildly overspends to bring in replacement Will Grigg, who can barely find the back of the net. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Sunderland ‘Til I Die is TV’s Best Show about Failure," 1 Apr. 2020 The club will also be fined $32.5 million for contravening UEFA rules that stop clubs overspending. George Ramsay, CNN, "Manchester City appeals against two-year Champions League ban," 26 Feb. 2020 Focus on being fiscally prudent and try to not to overspend. oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 30, 2020: Aries, work alone; Capricorn, circulate, don’t be late," 30 Jan. 2020 Millennials overspend on Valentine's Day compared to Gen X, Baby Boomers. Fox News, "Biden electability increasingly questioned after response to voter in New Hampshire; Buttigieg goes on offense," 9 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of overspend

1593, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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27 May 2020

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“Overspend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overspend. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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