overwork

verb
over·​work | \ ˌō-vər-ˈwərk How to pronounce overwork (audio) \
overworked; overworking; overworks

Definition of overwork

transitive verb

1 : to cause to work too hard, too long, or to exhaustion overworked the horses
2a : to work too much on overwork bread dough
b : to make excessive use of overworked tunes

intransitive verb

: to work too much or too long : overdo

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Other Words from overwork

overwork noun

Examples of overwork in a Sentence

The whole crew seemed exhausted, probably from overworking. The captain routinely overworked the crew. He overworks the melody in the song. If you overwork the dough, the bread will be tough.
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Recent Examples on the Web While these were varied, one was especially common: 59 percent of respondents, regardless of their role, reported a tendency to overwork, and not take breaks throughout the day while working from home. Robert Glazer, Forbes, "I Asked 2,000 People About Their Remote Work Experience. Here’s What They Shared," 19 Apr. 2021 Some people overwork to manage anxiety about being revealed as a fraud. Cordilia James, WSJ, "Does Covid Have You Feeling Like a Fraud at Work?," 14 Mar. 2021 Korean politicians and the country’s Public Service and Transport Workers union, meanwhile, have linked eight of those deaths to overwork. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Coupang debuts with a bang," 12 Mar. 2021 Don’t overwork it here, chunkier bits of egg add great texture. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Egg Salad Sandwich," 4 Mar. 2021 With most professionals working from home, the lines between work life and home life have blurred, causing many of them to overwork and become burned out. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "14 Pandemic-Induced Work Habits (And How To Break Them)," 26 Feb. 2021 If vodka is a no-go, simply substitute more ice water, taking care not to overwork the dough. Washington Post, "How to substitute for alcohol in cooking and baking," 23 Dec. 2020 Do not overwork or the dumplings will be too dense. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "New Dallas chicken and dumpling cook-off to raise funds for mental health services," 23 Oct. 2020 For the moment, Wellman and his coaches must move forward blind, walking a fine line between wanting to properly train their players and not wanting to overwork them without a clear start date in mind. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football's new strength coach tries to regain lost time, uncertain when season might begin," 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of overwork

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of overwork was in 1530

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28 Apr 2021

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“Overwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwork. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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overwork

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overwork

: to work too hard
: to use (something) too much or too often
: to work on (something) too much

overwork

verb
over·​work | \ ˌō-vər-ˈwərk How to pronounce overwork (audio) \
overworked; overworking

Kids Definition of overwork

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to work or cause to work too much or too hard The captain overworked the crew.
2 : to use too much or too often overworked phrases

overwork

noun

Kids Definition of overwork (Entry 2 of 2)

: too much work They were exhausted from overwork.

overwork

transitive verb
over·​work | \ ˌō-vər-ˈwərk How to pronounce overwork (audio) \

Medical Definition of overwork

: to cause to work too hard, too long, or to exhaustion

intransitive verb

: to work too much or too long

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