overuse

verb
over·​use | \ ˌō-vər-ˈyüz How to pronounce overuse (audio) \
overused; overusing

Definition of overuse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: 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 How to pronounce overuse (audio) \

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

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Synonyms: Verb

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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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The first known use of overuse was in 1607

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“Overuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overuse. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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overuse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overuse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to use (something) too much or too often

overuse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of overuse (Entry 2 of 2)

: too much use

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