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overfeed

[oh-ver-feed] /ˌoʊ vərˈfid/
verb (used with or without object), overfed, overfeeding.
1.
to feed or eat to excess.
Origin of overfeed
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; over- + feed
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  • We have to be careful not to overfeed the guests, and yet we must be sure that they have enough to eat.

    Pond and Stream Arthur Ransome
  • Why should I overdrink and overfeed myself and give my strength to follies?

    His Grace of Osmonde Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Blair shouted, "Lennard's a born hospital nurse, but he'll overfeed your patient."

    A Dream of the North Sea

    James Runciman
  • The London public, he said, overfeed themselves with music; they cannot healthily digest the lengthy menu provided for them.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
  • Manure well; but remember that it is possible to overfeed the soil of a garden, so as to render it unproductive.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • We starve the healthful emotions of children in order that we may overfeed their intellects.

    Christmas-Tide Elizabeth Harrison
  • But to overfeed a passage hawk before putting her up to wait on, is to court the loss of her.

  • It is a much more serious risk to overfeed the baby than to underfeed him.

  • Do not overfeed the gray; Give a plenty to the bay; And be careful with your lantern when you go among the hay.

    Farm Ballads Will Carleton
  • Some of the Guardians privately hinted to the master that it was unnecessary to overfeed the infant.

    Ginx's Baby Edward Jenkins
Word Origin and History for overfeed
v.

also over-feed, c.1600, from over- + feed (v.). Related: overfed; overfeeding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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overfeed in Medicine

overfeed o·ver·feed (ō'vər-fēd')
v. o·ver·fed (-fěd'), o·ver·feed·ing, o·ver·feeds
To feed or eat too often or too much.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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