[ verb oh-ver-drahyv; noun oh-ver-drahyv ]
/ verb 藢o蕣 v蓹r藞dra瑟v; noun 藞o蕣 v蓹r藢dra瑟v /
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verb (used with object), o路ver路drove, o路ver路driv路en, o路ver路driv路ing.
to push or carry to excess; overwork.
to drive too hard.
Machinery, Automotive. a device containing a gear set at such ratio and arrangement as to provide a drive shaft speed greater than the engine crankshaft speed.
Informal. an intense state of activity or productivity: The political campaign has shifted into overdrive.
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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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Origin of overdrive

before 950; Middle English overdriven to cover over, overpower; Old English oferdr墨fan to drive away, overthrow. See over-, drive
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British Dictionary definitions for overdrive


noun (藞蓹蕣v蓹藢dra瑟v)
a very high gear in a motor vehicle used at high speeds to reduce wear and save fuel
in overdrive in a state of intense activity
into overdrive into a state of intense activity
verb (藢蓹蕣v蓹藞dra瑟v) -drives, -driving, -drove or -driven
(tr) to drive too hard or too far; overwork or overuse
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