over·​think | \ ˌō-vər-ˈthiŋk How to pronounce overthink (audio) \
overthought\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈthȯt How to pronounce overthought (audio) \; overthinking

Definition of overthink

: to think too much about (something) : to put too much time into thinking about or analyzing (something) in a way that is more harmful than helpful overthink a situation/problem someone who overthinks and worries too much "I was a terrible actor when I went to New York. I was scared. I would overprepare, sometimes overthink a role."— Paul Newman For a while now, I've been finding current fiction hard to read: airlessly competent, relentlessly put-together, overthought.— David Gates

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Other Words from overthink

overthinker noun, plural overthinkers
But the problem is I'm an overthinker. I contemplate and consider, deliberate and debate things small and large in my life. Simple things become complicated and easy decisions become complex. — Alyssa Meier

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Lucasfilm needs to concentrate on fresh ideas and great storytelling, not overthink what its audience wants or expects. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Even 'Star Wars' can flop: 5 lessons learned from 'Solo's lackluster reception," 3 June 2018 There’s no need to overthink the Surface Go, either. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Microsoft Surface Go review: a little goes a long way," 7 Aug. 2018 Don’t overthink it’ Trump will benefit from the applause and pageantry that comes with speaking to Washington’s elite, hundreds of lawmakers and dignitaries cheering him on. Tamar Hallerman, The Seattle Times, "‘Terrified’ Stacey Abrams prepares to counterpunch Trump’s State of Union," 5 Feb. 2019 Buttermilk Fried Chicken Don't overthink this Southern classic. Fox News, "12 Easter dinner dishes for a super Sunday," 21 Mar. 2016 People seemed to cope in one of two ways: turning away from the problem or overthinking it and becoming desensitized. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Every teen suicide is a tragedy, here's what Arizona is doing to prevent more," 8 June 2018 Bautista, who will return for Guardians 3 (2020), just doesn't overthink the part. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Why Dave Bautista is the big screen's world champion right now," 7 June 2018 Don't overthink it or be too critical about your appearance. Kate Sullivan, Allure, "How to Take Your Best Nude Selfie Ever," 20 Aug. 2018 No need to overthink this one: Devonté Graham should be KU's go-to guy Saturday. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Quick scout: One key factor in KU-Seton Hall that might be getting overlooked | The Kansas City Star," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of overthink

1628, in the meaning defined above

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