over·​do | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdü How to pronounce overdo (audio) \
overdid\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈdid How to pronounce overdo (audio) \; overdone\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈdən How to pronounce overdo (audio) \; overdoing\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈdü-​iŋ How to pronounce overdo (audio) \; overdoes\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈdəz How to pronounce overdo (audio) \

Definition of overdo

transitive verb

1a : to do in excess
b : to use to excess
2 : to cook too long
3 : exhaust

intransitive verb

: to go to extremes

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Examples of overdo in a Sentence

You should exercise every day, but don't overdo it. The acting in that play was badly overdone. Don't overdo the salt in this recipe. The cook overdid the hamburgers.
Recent Examples on the Web Taking it nice and slow and not trying to overdo it right now. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 15 July 2022 Fashion-wise, there’s no need to overdo it with your ensemble when checking in for your reservation. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 8 July 2022 Don’t overdo it, and choose a room-temperature drink. Malia Wollan, New York Times, 28 June 2022 Don't overdo the caffeine:Is coffee healthy or not? Liam Gravvat, USA TODAY, 17 June 2022 For another, interest rates are a blunt tool and work with a lag, and the Fed may simply overdo it. New York Times, 14 June 2022 This one is easy to overdo, which can stress the hip adductors. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, 16 May 2021 Conscious not to overdo a good thing, Jaclyn lined the shower walls with handmade ceramic tiles—a quieter, warmer, and more welcoming choice than running the dynamic slabs into the shower. Marni Katz, House Beautiful, 27 Apr. 2022 Hashtags exist to make your content searchable by topic, so research and use appropriate hashtags in each caption, but don’t overdo it. Stacey Burke, Forbes, 13 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overdo

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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More Definitions for overdo


over·​do | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdü How to pronounce overdo (audio) \
overdid\ -​ˈdid \; overdone\ -​ˈdən \; overdoing\ -​ˈdü-​iŋ \

Kids Definition of overdo

1 : to do too much of Don't overdo it exercising.
2 : to use too much of They overdid the decorations.
3 : to cook too long I overdid the steak.

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