- to heat to excess.
- to excite or agitate; make vehement: a crowd overheated by rabble-rousers.
- to become overheated: a stove that overheats alarmingly; a temper that overheats with little provocation.
- the state or condition of being overheated; excessive heat, agitation, or vehemence.
Origin of overheat
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- to make or become excessively hot
- (tr; often passive) to make very agitated, irritated, etc
- (intr) (of an economy) to tend towards inflation, often as a result of excessive growth in demand
- (tr) to cause (an economy) to tend towards inflation
- the condition of being overheated
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Word Origin and History for overheat
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