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[oh-ver-ig-zurt] /ˌoʊ vər ɪgˈzɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to exert excessively.
Origin of overexert
First recorded in 1840-50; over- + exert
Related forms
overexertedly, adverb
overexertion, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Whether it was from over-exerting myself, or from the heat of the sun, I could not tell.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • Or, do you conceal the book from your wife lest she should think that you are over-exerting yourself?

  • But she is often quite as anxious to distract and amuse him, to prevent him from over-exerting himself and to keep up his spirits.

  • Or do you conceal your book from your wife lest she should think you are over-exerting yourself?

  • Mr Goodwin must have been over-exerting himself for some time past, he declared, and this breakdown was the result.

    Thistle and Rose Amy Walton
  • As long as his nostrils can supply sufficient air he knows that he is not over-exerting himself.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • I'm sure she's over-exerting herself, for she has sent home seven pats of butter of her own churning!

    Dr. Hardhack's Prescription Katharine McDowell Rice
  • Why, mamma and he are forever fidgetting about me—so afraid of my over-walking myself or over-exerting myself in any way!

    Roland Graeme: Knight

    Agnes Maule Machar
  • Yes, sir—so Lady Annaly told me—it was in over-exerting himself to extinguish a fire.

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