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overstudy

[verb oh-ver-stuhd-ee; noun oh-ver-stuhd-ee] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈstʌd i; noun ˈoʊ vərˌstʌd i/
verb (used with or without object), overstudied, overstudying.
1.
to study too much or too hard (sometimes used reflexively):
to overstudy a letter for hidden meanings; to overstudy to the point of exhaustion; to overstudy oneself and forget half of what has been read.
noun
2.
excessive study.
Origin of overstudy
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45; over- + study
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Examples from the Web for overstudy
Historical Examples
  • When the brain grows weary from overstudy, I seem to be in it.

    The Mind and Its Education

    George Herbert Betts
  • The faults are the faults of overstudy, the faults of correctness and maturity.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
  • He no longer abused himself with short sleep, overwork, and overstudy.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • The sad life of Henry is the truest indictment of overstudy that I know.

    Shandygaff

    Christopher Morley
  • Often enough the effects which are attributed to overstudy are properly due to this debasing habit.

    Plain Facts for Old and Young John Harvey Kellogg
  • As a remedy for dizziness caused by overstudy, mixing mortar has no equal.

    The Mystery of The Barranca Herman Whitaker
  • When he has finished collecting them he looks less like a victim of bees than of overstudy.

    Why we should read S. P. B. Mais
  • overstudy in school, poor blood, poor nourishment are always accompanied by inability to sleep soundly.

  • I knew one girl, supposed to be a very fine student, and to have brought on "fits" by overstudy, while away at school.

  • When Hollister was eighteen years old he had been briefly troubled by an affliction of his eyes brought on from overstudy.

    The Hidden Places Bertrand W. Sinclair
Contemporary definitions for overstudy
verb, noun

to study too much or too hard

Examples

He overstudied and was so exhausted that he could not remember anything when he took the test.

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