overwork

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verb over·work \ˌō-vər-ˈwərk\

Definition of overwork

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to work too hard, too long, or to exhaustion overworked the horses

  3. 2a :  to work too much on overwork bread doughb :  to make excessive use of overworked tunes

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to work too much or too long :  overdo

overwork

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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

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OVERWORK Defined for English Language Learners

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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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verb over·work \ˌō-vər-ˈwərk\

Definition of overwork for Students

overworked

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overworking

  1. 1 :  to work or cause to work too much or too hard The captain overworked the crew.

  2. 2 :  to use too much or too often overworked phrases


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noun over·work

Definition of overwork for Students

  1. :  too much work They were exhausted from overwork.


Medical Dictionary

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verb over·work \ˌō-vər-ˈwərk\

Medical Definition of overwork

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

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to work too much or too long

overwork

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