verb (used without object), o·ver·ate, o·ver·eat·en, o·ver·eat·ing.
  1. to eat too much: If you overeat, you're bound to get fat.
verb (used with object), o·ver·ate, o·ver·eat·en, o·ver·eat·ing.
  1. to eat more than is good for (oneself): The food was so tasty we overate ourselves.

Origin of overeat

First recorded in 1515–25; over- + eat
Related formso·ver·eat·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for overate

Historical Examples of overate

  • They overate of artificial food that was made in great factories.

  • She is a little bit of a glutton is my Jane, and she overate herself at tea at the Singletons'.

    A Modern Tomboy

    L. T. Meade

British Dictionary definitions for overate


verb -eats, -eating, -ate or -eaten (intr)
  1. to consume too much food
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Word Origin and History for overate



"to eat too much," 1590s, from over- + eat (v.). Related: Overate; overeating. Old English had oferæt (n.) "gluttony; oferæte (adj.) "gluttonous."

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overate in Medicine


  1. To eat to excess, especially habitually.
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