over·​uti·​lize ˌō-vər-ˈyü-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce overutilize (audio)
overutilized; overutilizing

transitive verb

: to utilize (something) too much : to use (something) excessively or too frequently
overutilizing medical services
overutilizes credit cards
overutilization noun
plural overutilizations
The main reason for our rising health care costs had been overutilization Bryan Burklow

Examples of overutilize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The urge to intervene in places of peripheral concern to U.S. interests, to overreact to threats, to overutilize military force in dealing with terrorists and others—these outlasted Obama. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 23 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overutilize was in 1875

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“Overutilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overutilize. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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