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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.
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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.
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Origin of overdraw

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at over-, draw
Related formsun·o·ver·drawn, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • I cannot do my work unless I overdraw my current health account.

    Civics and Health

    William H. Allen

  • But when I overdraw I always threaten to transfer my account.

    Daisy's Aunt

    E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson

  • So long as he does not overdraw his account, we are bound to honour his cheques.

  • The abuse of overdraw checks cannot be too severely reprobated.

    Riding and Driving

    Edward L. Anderson

  • It also certainly in his later years led him to overdraw them.

British Dictionary definitions for overdraw


verb -draws, -drawing, -drew or -drawn
  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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Word Origin and History for overdraw


late 14c., "to draw across;" 1734 in the banking sense, from over- + draw (v.). Related: Overdrawn; overdrawing.

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