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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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  • "We must not overdo it," he said taking Clara up in his arms.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • Oh, one can overdo the merry light-hearted rle, I assure 163 you.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • There need be little fear, then, that a right use of the gymnasium will overdo.

  • I began to overdo the part, recognized the fact, and grew savage at myself.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • It was customary to have some of the men brighten under it, some overdo it, some remain quite sober in spite of it.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • Does she overdo the use of portamento, messa di voce, and such devices?

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • Still, the singles were convenient, and diving was a sport it wasn't wise to overdo.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for overdo


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overdo

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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