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overdevelop

[oh-ver-di-vel-uh p] /ˌoʊ vər dɪˈvɛl əp/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to develop to excess:
to overdevelop a photograph; to overdevelop a waterfront area.
Origin of overdevelop
1835-1845
1835-45; over- + develop
Related forms
overdevelopment, noun
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Examples from the Web for overdevelopment
Historical Examples
  • 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

overdevelop

/ˌəʊvədɪˈvɛləp/
verb (transitive)
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 Forms
overdevelopment, noun
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