overwork

verb over·work \ ˌō-vər-ˈwərk \
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of overwork

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

overwork

noun

Examples of overwork in a Sentence

  1. The whole crew seemed exhausted, probably from overworking.

  2. The captain routinely overworked the crew.

  3. He overworks the melody in the song.

  4. If you overwork the dough, the bread will be tough.

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First Known Use of overwork

1530

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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OVERWORK Defined for English Language Learners

overwork

Definition of overwork for English Language Learners

  • : to work too hard

  • : to use (something) too much or too often

  • : to work on (something) too much


OVERWORK Defined for Kids

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overwork

verb over·work \ ˌō-vər-ˈwərk \

Definition of overwork for Students

overworked; overworking
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

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overwork

noun

Definition of overwork for Students

: too much work They were exhausted from overwork.

Medical Dictionary

overwork

transitive verb over·work \ ˌō-vər-ˈwərk \

medical Definition of overwork

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

overwork

noun


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