over·​step | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstep How to pronounce overstep (audio) \
overstepped; overstepping; oversteps

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Examples of overstep in a Sentence

the principal overstepped her authority in ordering everyone to remain in the unheated school
Recent Examples on the Web Some executives raised concerns that directors with expertise may overstep their advisory role by attempting to micromanage the company’s cybersecurity program. Anthony Vance, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 Still, American officials appeared at pains on Tuesday not to overstep. New York Times, 14 June 2022 But the 20-something mega-influencer also deals with adult issues, facing sexist media backlash, learning not to overstep in her friends' relationships, and *actually cussing a little. Rachel Schonberger, EW.com, 3 June 2022 Morgan wants to uphold the rule of law and preserve the U.S Constitution, such as fighting to ensure the federal government doesn't overstep states' rights. Melissa Estrada, The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2022 That said, major food companies and lobbyists regularly overstep their bounds. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, 9 Apr. 2021 In the case of the booster rollout, the White House appeared to overstep its bounds and left itself open to accusations that political considerations were coloring decision-making. New York Times, 23 Jan. 2022 Republicans and Democrats alike know how to overstep on women's reproductive rights. Charlie Dent, CNN, 14 Nov. 2021 For all their respect for the environment, Mei and her colleagues overstep the mark at one critical juncture. Lewis Gordon, Wired, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of overstep

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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over·​step | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstep How to pronounce overstep (audio) \
overstepped; overstepping

Kids Definition of overstep

: to step over or beyond : exceed She overstepped her authority.

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