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[oh-ver-di-vel-uh p]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to develop to excess: to overdevelop a photograph; to overdevelop a waterfront area.
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Origin of overdevelop

First recorded in 1835–45; over- + develop
Related formso·ver·de·vel·op·ment, noun
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Related Words

bottleneck, overpopulation, profusion, jam, mass, excess, press, surplus, surfeit, crowding, snarl-up, overcrowding, overdevelopment

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Historical Examples

  • Soils naturally too rich produce an overdevelopment of vine.

    The Grapes of New York

    U. P. Hedrick

  • But the process of overdevelopment continued in the industry.

    The Coming of Coal

    Robert W. Bruere

  • Finally, they frequently show an overdevelopment of the sexual instincts and various deviations from normal sexual development.

  • This insanity may be due wholly to the overdevelopment of the primary ego in the child.

  • Nor are correctives lacking for the abuses which may enter in through an overdevelopment of self-interest.

    Creating Capital

    Frederick L. Lipman

British Dictionary definitions for overdevelopment


verb (tr)
  1. to develop too much or too far
  2. photog to process (a film, plate, or print) in developer for more than the required time, at too great a concentration, etc
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Derived Formsoverdevelopment, noun
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