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over·​wa·​ter ˌō-vər-ˈwȯ-tər How to pronounce overwater (audio)
overwatered; overwatering

transitive + intransitive

: to water (something) too much : to give too much water to (something)
overwatered the plants
Do not overwater.


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: situated or occurring over a body of water
overwater flights
You can extend your walk all the way south to Fairhaven if you're up to it, enjoying the two overwater walkways connected by solid gravel paths.John Stark


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: over or across a body of water
flew overwater

Examples of overwater in a Sentence

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Don't overwater any impatiens, however, which can cause the plants to rot. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 15 Aug. 2023 The surest way to kill a jade plant is to overwater it! Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 14 Aug. 2023 As the heat builds, don’t overwater Protea, California native plants and plants from other dry regions of the world. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2022 So be sure not to overwater yours, as this could lead to root disease. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, 22 June 2023 Water Wisely People often either overwater or underwater their cactuses. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 23 Mar. 2023 Don't overwater—that's a common mistake with this plant. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 31 May 2023 Be sure not to overwater, especially in the winter. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 3 Jan. 2023 These plants are not drought-tolerant and require regular and deep irrigation (but don’t overwater). Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2021
Its iconic turquoise lagoon, encircled by lush green peaks and overwater bungalows creates a dreamlike setting. James Barrett, Redbook, 17 Aug. 2023 To get here, guests take a 45-minute seaplane ride and land in an utter paradise filled with overwater bungalows, glittering private pools, and plenty of delicious (and included) food and drinks. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 10 Aug. 2023 There are overwater residences here — in fact, the resort offers 10 secluded villas with private sundecks and plunge pools overlooking a duo of stunning lagoons — but Avani+ Fares Maldives was dreamed up as a place for everyone, families, friends, and solo travelers included. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 23 July 2023 Home to about 3 percent of the planet’s reefs, the Maldives is also known for its clear emerald waters, luxurious overwater bungalows, and providing travelers with an isolated retreat. Susmita Baral, Travel + Leisure, 11 July 2023 The overwater Casa Ventanas has a glass-bottom floor, while Casa Estrella includes an open-air primary bedroom and a private plunge pool showcasing Caribbean Sea views. Katie Lockhart, Robb Report, 24 Apr. 2023 One in-room experience is a starlit dinner or breakfast delivered to your overwater villa via an outrigger canoe. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 6 June 2023 Aside from the handful of treehouses there are 16 overwater villas with glass floors looking into the sea. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 25 May 2023 Muted tones carry through to its overwater villas, where all eyes go to the ocean and the infinity plunge pool, an array of paint-swatch blues. Katie Lockhart, Robb Report, 24 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1691, in the meaning defined above


1889, in the meaning defined above


1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overwater was in 1691

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“Overwater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwater. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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