[ oh-ver-eet ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈit /

verb (used without object), o·ver·ate, o·ver·eat·en, o·ver·eat·ing.

to eat too much: If you overeat, you're bound to get fat.

verb (used with object), o·ver·ate, o·ver·eat·en, o·ver·eat·ing.

to eat more than is good for (oneself): The food was so tasty we overate ourselves.

Nearby words

  1. overdrive,
  2. overdub,
  3. overdue,
  4. overdye,
  5. overeager,
  6. overegg,
  7. overelaborate,
  8. overemphasis,
  9. overemphasize,
  10. overenthusiastic

Origin of overeat

First recorded in 1515–25; over- + eat

Related formso·ver·eat·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for overeat


/ (əʊvərˈiːt) /

verb -eats, -eating, -ate or -eaten (intr)

to consume too much food
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Word Origin and History for overeat



"to eat too much," 1590s, from over- + eat (v.). Related: Overate; overeating. Old English had oferæt (n.) "gluttony; oferæte (adj.) "gluttonous."

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Medicine definitions for overeat


[ ō′vər-ēt ]


To eat to excess, especially habitually.

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