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[oh-ver-di-vel-uh p] /ˌoʊ vər dɪˈvɛl əp/
verb (used with or without object)
to develop to excess:
to overdevelop a photograph; to overdevelop a waterfront area.
Origin of overdevelop
First recorded in 1835-45; over- + develop
Related forms
overdevelopment, noun Unabridged
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  • This insanity may be due wholly to the overdevelopment of the primary ego in the child.

  • Soils naturally too rich produce an overdevelopment of vine.

    The Grapes of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • If Polly Perkins developed a chin and rushed off, what might Kent have done with an overdevelopment of chin already there?

  • But the process of overdevelopment continued in the industry.

    The Coming of Coal Robert W. Bruere
  • Finally, they frequently show an overdevelopment of the sexual instincts and various deviations from normal sexual development.

  • Nor are correctives lacking for the abuses which may enter in through an overdevelopment of self-interest.

    Creating Capital Frederick L. Lipman
British Dictionary definitions for overdevelopment


verb (transitive)
to develop too much or too far
(photog) to process (a film, plate, or print) in developer for more than the required time, at too great a concentration, etc
Derived Forms
overdevelopment, noun
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