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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Pulse together a pie crust without the risk of overworking the dough or melting the butter. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Meet your favorite kitchen helper: The food processor," 23 Oct. 2018 Be careful not to overwork the mixture at this point. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Hot and Hearty Pie Recipes to Kick Off Autumn in Your Kitchen," 21 Sep. 2018 As much as your back may be challenged at the moment, remember that your muscles are simply overworking, doing a temporary job of trying to support your spine. Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Good Housekeeping, "What to Do Right After You Throw Out Your Back," 26 July 2018 As much as your back may be challenged at the moment, remember that your muscles are simply overworking, doing a temporary job of trying to support your spine. Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Good Housekeeping, "What to Do Right After You Throw Out Your Back," 26 July 2018 Whisk wet ingredients together until well combined. Fold wet into dry being careful not to overwork the batter. The Editors, Marie Claire, "How to Hack Your Holiday Party Menu," 19 Dec. 2017 Some were skeptical of those words, especially considering the public accusations that Rockstar employees were routinely overworked during the development of the first Red Dead Redemption. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Rockstar developers speak out about “100-hour weeks” comment," 18 Oct. 2018 In 1920s Chicago, forensic pathologists were overworked and taking shortcuts. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, "The Coroner Crisis," 28 Sep. 2018 The model with a following of 8 million on Instagram went on to explain that in addition to overworking herself, she was also distracted and recovering from a breakup with her fiance, Reece Hawkins. Fox News, "Hospitalized model from Kylie Jenner's 21st birthday returns to Instagram with sexy bikini photo," 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of overwork

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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

Other Words from overwork

overwork noun

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