[ oh-ver-draft, -drahft ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˌdræft, -ˌdrɑft /


Compare underdraft.

Origin of overdraft

First recorded in 1875–80; over- + draft
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British Dictionary definitions for overdraft

/ (ˈəʊvəˌdrɑːft) /


a draft or withdrawal of money in excess of the credit balance on a bank or building-society cheque account
the amount of money drawn or withdrawn thus
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Cultural definitions for overdraft


The amount by which a check exceeds the funds on deposit to cover it.

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