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[ oh-ver-draw ]

verb (used with object)

, o·ver·drew, o·ver·drawn, o·ver·draw·ing.
  1. to draw upon (an account, allowance, etc.) in excess of the balance standing to one's credit or at one's disposal:

    It was the first time he had ever overdrawn his account.

  2. to strain, as a bow, by drawing too far.
  3. to exaggerate in portraying, describing, depicting, or drawing:

    The author has overdrawn the villain to the point of absurdity.

verb (used without object)

, o·ver·drew, o·ver·drawn, o·ver·draw·ing.
  1. to overdraw an account or the like:

    It ruins one's credit to overdraw frequently at a bank.

  2. (of a stove, fireplace, etc.) to draw excessively; have too strong an updraft:

    When the flue overdraws, all the heat goes right up the chimney.


/ ˌəʊvəˈdrɔː /


  1. to draw on (a bank account) in excess of the credit balance
  2. tr to strain or pull (a bow) too far
  3. tr to exaggerate in describing or telling

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Other Words From

  • uno·ver·drawn adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of overdraw1

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; over-, draw

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Example Sentences

Over the years since, those states have overdrawn the river’s average deposits.

One might, of course, easily overdraw the picture of the men's condition; it is difficult to describe it faithfully.

Mere it is almost impossible to overdraw the picture, so widespread is the vice.

Perhaps it was that he had some mad hope of persuading the bank manager to allow him to overdraw to that amount.

Lizzie had tried that game before, and knew that the bankers would allow her to overdraw.

In interpreting the emotions of dumb animals he sometimes overdrew, or seemed to overdraw, their resemblance to human beings.


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