overdo

verb

over·​do ˌō-vər-ˈdü How to pronounce overdo (audio)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to go to extremes

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Example Sentences

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.
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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of overdo was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Overdo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdo. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

overdo

verb

over·​do ˌō-vər-ˈdü How to pronounce overdo (audio)
overdid
-ˈdid
; overdone
-ˈdən
; overdoing
-ˈdü-iŋ
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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Last Updated: 8 Sep 2022

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