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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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  • You racket about and overtax your strength and excite yourself.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • "The reading seems to overtax your strength," said the woman giggling.

  • It would be easy to overtax our attention by going into too wide a field.

    Sermons Clement Bailhache
  • He had done well enough and he did not want to overtax his horse.

    Jack Among the Indians George Bird Grinnell
  • 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
  • When starting on a pedestrian excursion be careful not to overtax your strength.

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  • With all that teaching and housekeeping, I am afraid you will overtax your strength.

    Esther Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Tom-all-alone's might overtax the nervous system of a neophyte.

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  • By staying in the water too long one may overtax his vitality and become chilled.

    Vitality Supreme Bernarr Macfadden
  • Many cannot do this, and overtax both their physical and intellectual energies.

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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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