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[oh-ver-taks] /ˌoʊ vərˈtæks/
verb (used with object)
to tax too heavily.
to make too great demands on.
Origin of overtax
First recorded in 1640-50; over- + tax
Related forms
overtaxation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for overtax
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  • Constance saw very quickly that weeks of careful nursing lay ahead, and she would not permit her mother to overtax her strength.

    Three Little Women's Success Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • "The reading seems to overtax your strength," said the woman giggling.

  • Many cannot do this, and overtax both their physical and intellectual energies.

    The Argosy Various
  • He had done well enough and he did not want to overtax his horse.

    Jack Among the Indians George Bird Grinnell
  • With tax relief, overtime will no longer be overtax time for the waitress.

  • He will not try to overtax his strength, and he goes on strike firmly if asked to do too much.

    G. H. Q. Frank Fox
  • Now suppose an increase of population sufficient to overtax the wheat-supplying capacity of the best land.

    The Impossibilities of Anarchism George Bernard Shaw
  • By staying in the water too long one may overtax his vitality and become chilled.

    Vitality Supreme Bernarr Macfadden
  • Thus it was arranged; but the mother was always after him with warnings not to overtax himself with work.

    Arne: Early Tales and Sketches Bjornstjerne Bjornson
  • Some here unconsciously overdo it, and overtax their own strength in their grim fights with Angel of Death.

British Dictionary definitions for overtax


verb (transitive)
to tax too heavily
to impose too great a strain on
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overtax

1640s, "to demand too much of," from over- + tax (v.). Related: Overtaxed; overtaxing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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