overdo

[ oh-ver-doo ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈdu /

verb (used with object), o·ver·did, o·ver·done, o·ver·do·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), o·ver·did, o·ver·done, o·ver·do·ing.

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

Related forms

o·ver·do·er, noun

Can be confused

overdo overdue
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overdo

/ (ˌəʊvəˈduː) /

verb -does, -doing, -did or -done (tr)

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
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