over·​train ˌō-vər-ˈtrān How to pronounce overtrain (audio)
overtrained; overtraining; overtrains

transitive + intransitive

: to train (a person or animal) to excess or beyond advantage : to harm (a person or animal) by too much training
an athlete who overtrains
Don't overtrain your dog. Lots of small lessons are better than one big one.Larrie Todd

Examples of overtrain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Generally, the easiest way to get someone to dream about something specific is to overtrain them on a particular task, Hoel says. Holly Barker, Discover Magazine, 15 Feb. 2022 Blood Tests: Products like InsideTracker offer info that’s useful for runners and triathletes, who often overtrain. Lindsay Berra, Men's Health, 15 Feb. 2023 Athletes may feel pressured to overtrain or work through injuries. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 7 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overtrain was in 1872

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Cite this Entry

“Overtrain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtrain. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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