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overextend

[oh-ver-ik-stend] /ˌoʊ vər ɪkˈstɛnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to extend, reach, or expand beyond a proper, safe, or reasonable point:
a company that overextended its credit to diversify.
2.
to extend for too long a time:
to overextend a stay.
3.
to obligate (oneself) to more activities, work, etc., than one has time for or can accomplish well.
Origin of overextend
1935-1940
First recorded in 1935-40; over- + extend
Related forms
overextension
[oh-ver-ik-sten-shuh n] /ˌoʊ vər ɪkˈstɛn ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
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