overuse

verb
over·use | \ ˌō-vər-ˈyüz \
overused; overusing

Definition of overuse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to use (something) too much : to use (something) excessively or too frequently a word that has been greatly overused At best, gatekeepers can keep everyone from overusing costly high-tech treatments when primary care is enough. —Marilyn Chase

overuse

noun
over·use | \ ˌō-vər-ˈyüs \

Definition of overuse (Entry 2 of 2)

: too much use : excessive or too frequent use the overuse of antibiotics athletes suffering from overuse injuries His overuse of four-letter words—often a dozen per page—may accurately mirror a macho world where cussing is cool, but it is tedious to read. —Frederick Kaufman

Synonyms for overuse

Synonyms: Verb

hackney, overexpose, stereotype, vulgarize

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First Known Use of overuse

Verb

1607, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1612, in the meaning defined above

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