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verb (used without object), o·ver·ate, o·ver·eat·en, o·ver·eat·ing.
  1. to eat too much: If you overeat, you're bound to get fat.
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verb (used with object), o·ver·ate, o·ver·eat·en, o·ver·eat·ing.
  1. to eat more than is good for (oneself): The food was so tasty we overate ourselves.
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Origin of overeat

First recorded in 1515–25; over- + eat
Related formso·ver·eat·er, noun
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  • She should not overeat on the supposition that she has to feed two persons.

  • I overeat, I have indigestion, I go to a doctor, he gives me medicine.

    Indian Home Rule

    M. K. Gandhi

  • That means, of course, that practically all Americans overeat.

    How to Eat

    Thomas Clark Hinkle

  • And you don't need to overeat, and keep on doing it, just because you must eat.

    How to Eat

    Thomas Clark Hinkle

  • "Well, he never did overeat himself, that I knew of," said the Bishop.

    The Lions of the Lord

    Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for overeat


verb -eats, -eating, -ate or -eaten (intr)
  1. 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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overeat in Medicine


  1. To eat to excess, especially habitually.
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