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

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When a lower court certified the suit as a class action, Facebook appealed, arguing that the plaintiffs had failed to show concrete injury, and that the lower court overstepped its power by certifying the class. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Facebook could pay billions after losing facial recognition privacy appeal," 8 Aug. 2019 Once again, regulation oversteps its boundaries, which creates confusion, delay and increased costs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Should San Diego developers be allowed to put low-income apartments in different buildings?," 2 Aug. 2019 The issue has sparked comments by two council members who claim Wagner had overstepped his authority with his July 2 veto. Tyler Johnson, Houston Chronicle, "Mayor pro tem issue percolating in Pasadena," 25 July 2019 But like Malkin, Hall also notes that businesses—including Google itself—will likely lean on Private Join and Compute in an attempt to study user data without overstepping privacy bounds. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Google Turns to Retro Cryptography to Keep Datasets Private," 19 June 2019 That report never made it to police because of technical problems submitting it and concerns about overstepping into Lauren McCluskey's private life. CBS News, "Parents of slain University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey sue school for $56 million," 28 June 2019 In 2015, however, Spotify outraged consumers for overstepping user privacy. Xavier Harding, Fortune, "Spotify's Pre-Save Feature Gives Record Labels User Data, Account Access," 28 June 2019 While chiding the district judge for overstepping, the Chief Justice says the unearthed evidence show Mr. Ross had conferred with other executive-branch officials about a citizenship question before Justice sent its request. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Contradictions of John Roberts," 27 June 2019 That report never made it to police because of bureaucratic snafus and concerns about overstepping into Lauren McCluskey's private life. NBC News, "Family of University of Utah student killed by ex-boyfriend sues the school," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of overstep

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overstep

: to go beyond what is proper or allowed by (something)


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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not constant or steady

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