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[oh-ver-doo] /ˌoʊ vərˈdu/
verb (used with object), overdid, overdone, overdoing.
to do to excess; overindulge in:
to overdo dieting.
to carry to excess or beyond the proper limit:
He puts on so much charm that he overdoes it.
to overact (a part); exaggerate.
to overtax the strength of; fatigue; exhaust.
to cook too much or too long; overcook:
Don't overdo the hamburgers.
verb (used without object), overdid, overdone, overdoing.
to do too much; go to an extreme:
Exercise is good but you mustn't overdo.
Origin of overdo
before 1000; Middle English overdon, Old English oferdōn. See over-, do1
Related forms
overdoer, noun
Can be confused
overdo, overdue. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for overdid
Historical Examples
  • You persisted in working, you overdid it, Pressure came on, and you were done for!

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Which was just where, like most movie uncles, he overdid the part.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • My books were and always have been a part of me, and as was to be expected, I overdid it.

    Each Man Kills Victoria Glad
  • Sometimes we overdid it, raising the dull-red to brightness now and then.

    The Big Otter R.M. Ballantyne
  • Gradually, from now, she gave up all her time to reading and writing, and she overdid it.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • Having determined to demonstrate her powers of discipline, she overdid it.

    The Madcap of the School Angela Brazil
  • The boss said that I overdid it sometimes and made them too bright instead of 'just cunning.'

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
  • At a table of actors, Mr. Andrew overdid his part, and was the worst.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • "The boy meant well, but he overdid the matter," said Colonel Lyon, sadly.

    An Undivided Union Oliver Optic
  • But I am afraid I overdid the part: it was unnatural for me.

British Dictionary definitions for overdid


verb (transitive) -does, -doing, -did, -done
to take or carry too far; do to excess
to exaggerate, overelaborate, or overplay
to cook or bake too long
overdo it, overdo things, to overtax one's strength, capacity, etc
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Word Origin and History for overdid



Old English oferdon "to do too much," from ofer (see over) + don (see do (v.)). Common Germanic (cf. Old High German ubartuan). Meaning "to overtax, exhaust" (especially in phrase to overdo it) is attested from 1817. Of food, "to cook too long," first recorded 1680s (in past participle adjective overdone).

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