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overdone

[oh-ver-duhn]
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verb
  1. past participle of overdo.
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adjective
  1. cooked too long or too much: The roast was overdone. I dislike overdone steak.
  2. excessive or strained; exaggerated: Don't you think his politeness is overdone?
  3. overtaxed; exhausted: You're looking a bit overdone from that hike.
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Origin of overdone

overdo

[oh-ver-doo]
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.
  3. to overact (a part); exaggerate.
  4. to overtax the strength of; fatigue; exhaust.
  5. to cook too much or too long; overcook: Don't overdo the hamburgers.
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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.
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Origin of overdo

before 1000; Middle English overdon, Old English oferdōn. See over-, do1
Related formso·ver·do·er, noun
Can be confusedoverdo overdue
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burned, charred, exaggerated, elaborate, extravagant

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British Dictionary definitions for overdone

overdo

verb -does, -doing, -did or -done (tr)
  1. to take or carry too far; do to excess
  2. to exaggerate, overelaborate, or overplay
  3. to cook or bake too long
  4. overdo it or overdo things to overtax one's strength, capacity, etc
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Word Origin and History for overdone

adj.

Old English ofer-done "carried to excess;" see overdo. Of cooking from 1680s.

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overdo

v.

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).

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