[ oh-ver-doo ]
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verb (used with object),o·ver·did, o·ver·done, o·ver·do·ing.
  1. to do to excess; overindulge in: to overdo dieting.

  2. to carry to excess or beyond the proper limit: He puts on so much charm that he overdoes it.

  1. to overact (a part); exaggerate.

  2. to overtax the strength of; fatigue; exhaust.

  3. to cook too much or too long; overcook: Don't overdo the hamburgers.

verb (used without object),o·ver·did, o·ver·done, o·ver·do·ing.
  1. to do too much; go to an extreme: Exercise is good but you mustn't overdo.

Origin of overdo

before 1000; Middle English overdon,Old English oferdōn.See over-, do1

Other words from overdo

  • o·ver·do·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for overdo


/ (ˌəʊvəˈduː) /

verb-does, -doing, -did or -done (tr)
  1. to take or carry too far; do to excess

  2. to exaggerate, overelaborate, or overplay

  1. to cook or bake too long

  2. overdo it or overdo things to overtax one's strength, capacity, etc

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