- to do to excess; overindulge in: to overdo dieting.
- to carry to excess or beyond the proper limit: He puts on so much charm that he overdoes it.
- to overact (a part); exaggerate.
- to overtax the strength of; fatigue; exhaust.
- to cook too much or too long; overcook: Don't overdo the hamburgers.
- to do too much; go to an extreme: Exercise is good but you mustn't overdo.
Origin of overdo
Related Words for overdooverrate, overplay, exaggerate, overstate, overreach, overvalue, overestimate, overuse, magnify, stretch, hype, overwork, overload, belabor, pressure, fatigue, puff, overburden, overindulge, amplify
Examples from the Web for overdo
Contemporary Examples of overdo
But if I overdo it and I pander and I put something up just because the Twilight crowd is going to like it, I will get punished.David Simon Says ‘The Wire’ Wouldn’t Survive on TV Today
April 25, 2014
He told African-Americans not to overdo their protests and to remember that race relations are improving.The President Stands His Ground
July 21, 2013
Here's the menu, which was composed amidst solemn promises that we "aren't going to overdo it this year".Food Friday: Your Thanksgiving Open Thread
November 17, 2012
Historical Examples of overdo
We sha'n't be allowed to come to-morrow if we overdo it to-day.'Wilfrid Cumbermede
We have done it, and that was right, but we must not overdo it.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
It is the best exercise I know of because you do not overdo your strength.Evening Round Up
William Crosbie Hunter
Rouge is indispensable, but care must be taken not to overdo it.The Peace Egg and Other tales
Juliana Horatia Ewing
Oh, one can overdo the merry light-hearted rle, I assure 163 you.Antony Gray,--Gardener
- to take or carry too far; do to excess
- to exaggerate, overelaborate, or overplay
- to cook or bake too long
- overdo it or overdo things to overtax one's strength, capacity, etc
Word Origin and History for overdo
Old English oferdon "to do too much," from ofer (see over) + don (see do (v.)). Common Germanic (cf. Old High German ubartuan). Meaning "to overtax, exhaust" (especially in phrase to overdo it) is attested from 1817. Of food, "to cook too long," first recorded 1680s (in past participle adjective overdone).