overuse

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

First Known Use of overuse

Verb

1607, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1612, in the meaning defined above

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17 Sep 2019

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overuse

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English Language Learners Definition of overuse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to use (something) too much or too often

overuse

noun
How to pronounce overuse (audio)

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

: too much use

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