overtax

verb
over·​tax | \ ˌō-vər-ˈtaks How to pronounce overtax (audio) \
overtaxed; overtaxing

Definition of overtax

transitive verb

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.

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overtaxation \ ˌō-​vər-​tak-​ˈsā-​shən How to pronounce overtaxation (audio) \ 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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“Overtax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtax. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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overtax

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English Language Learners Definition of overtax

: to make (someone or something) do more than that person or thing is able to do or should do : to make heavy demands on (someone or something)
: to make (people) pay too much in taxes

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