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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I asked what's Norma doing here—isn't she overdoing her relationship a little?

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
  • "There's such a thing, Sarah, as overdoing the siesta," she taunted.

  • While it is true that dwarf fruit trees should be liberally fed there is a possibility of overdoing it.

    Dwarf Fruit Trees F. A. Waugh
  • Doctor Keltridge will be watching me to see that I'm not overdoing.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • Roland, perspiring in the shadows at the far end of the room, felt that Miss Chilvers was overdoing it.

    A Man of Means P. G. Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill
  • Yet it seemed to Phillips as if Smith were overdoing his pose of ignorance.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • Surely there has lately risen a custom of overdoing the embellishment and ornamentation of our houses.

    Interludes Horace Smith
  • You had better go, Kate, and make him sit down, or he'll be overdoing it.

  • Al could not help thinking that the "foxy" manager was overdoing the thing a little; but he did not express any opinion.

    Ahead of the Show Fred Thorpe
British Dictionary definitions for overdoing


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 overdoing



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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