overtax

verb over·tax \ ˌō-vər-ˈtaks \

Definition of overtax

overtaxed; overtaxing
1 : to tax (someone or something) too heavily or beyond what is due
  • revenues raised through overtaxing the middle class
2 : to lay too heavy a burden or demand upon (someone or something)
  • exercises that overtax the muscles
  • overtaxing my patience
  • A fancy terminal with enough gates for all the planes, a work force that is alternately overtaxed and underemployed, and a high-tech baggage system all create high fixed costs.
  • —Marc Levinson et al.

overtaxation

play \ˌō-vər-tak-ˈsā-shən\ noun
    • Homelessness is worse here than anywhere in the country. The cost of living is out of control. Overtaxation is rampant. Infrastructure is crumbling.
    • —Eric Ryan

First Known Use of overtax

1607

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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