- to perform, especially academically, above the potential indicated by tests of one's mental ability or aptitude.
- to perform better or achieve more than expected, especially by others.
Origin of overachieve
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Examples from the Web for overachiever
Annie (Alison Brie) was a perfectionist and overachiever who crashed and burned after an Adderall addiction.‘Community’: Season 4 of the NBC Comedy Ponders the End
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To say Paula Broadwell is an overachiever is an understatement.Paula Broadwell: Is She Petraeus’s ‘Other Woman’?
November 10, 2012
It will be really, really fast Like that overachiever in your high school, Apple has to be the best at everything.5 Things We Know About the New iPhone 5 (Maybe)
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An overachiever, you nonetheless demand familial support and validation.Stars Predict Your Week
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Excerpted from Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever by Walter Kirn ©2009.The Night I Joined the Upper Class
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- (intr) to perform (for example, in examinations) better than would be expected on the basis of one's age or talents
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