[ oh-ver-di-vel-uh p ]
/ ˌoʊ vər dɪˈvɛl əp /

verb (used with or without object)

to develop to excess: to overdevelop a photograph; to overdevelop a waterfront area.

Origin of overdevelop

First recorded in 1835–45; over- + develop

Related forms

o·ver·de·vel·op·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for overdevelop


/ (ˌəʊvədɪˈvɛləp) /

verb (tr)

to develop too much or too far
photog to process (a film, plate, or print) in developer for more than the required time, at too great a concentration, etc

Derived Forms

overdevelopment, noun
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