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[oh-ver-di-vel-uh p]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to develop to excess: to overdevelop a photograph; to overdevelop a waterfront area.

Origin of overdevelop

First recorded in 1835–45; over- + develop
Related formso·ver·de·vel·op·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for overdevelop


verb (tr)
  1. to develop too much or too far
  2. photog to process (a film, plate, or print) in developer for more than the required time, at too great a concentration, etc
Derived Formsoverdevelopment, noun
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