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[verb oh-ver-yooz; noun oh-ver-yoos] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈyuz; noun ˈoʊ vərˈyus/
verb (used with object), overused, overusing.
to use too much or too often:
to overuse an expression.
excessive use:
to strain one's voice through overuse.
Origin of overuse
First recorded in 1670-80; over- + use Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And the overused "editorial we" has now passed entirely from the news article.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • The voice will keep, and it will be sweeter and fresher if it is not overused in childhood.

  • His voice was sensitive to liquids, but he overused the word "glorious."

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • Also, he comes to know the full meaning of that overused and abused word—service.

    How To Write Special Feature Articles Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
Word Origin and History for overused



also over-use, 1862, from over- + use (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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