View synonyms for overextend


[ oh-ver-ik-stend ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to extend, reach, or expand beyond a proper, safe, or reasonable point:

    a company that overextended its credit to diversify.

  2. to extend for too long a time:

    to overextend a stay.

  3. to obligate (oneself ) to more activities, work, etc., than one has time for or can accomplish well.

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Other Words From

  • o·ver·ex·ten·sion [oh-ver-ik-, sten, -sh, uh, n], noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of overextend1

First recorded in 1935–40; over- + extend

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Example Sentences

Ergonomic keyboards feature a “split” design, with the keys separated into two sections so you can use them without twisting or overextending your arms, shoulders, or back.

It also showed up in near-self-martyrdom when I’d overextend myself for other people, while also abandoning countless personal projects that were important to me.

The company also works to avoid overextending team members — for example, by not scheduling meetings during the lunch hour or during school drop-offs and pick-ups.

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It’s historically been held up as a reason that pregnant people should be careful not to overextend their joints, as they’ll be more flexible than usual.