[ oh-ver-ik-stend ]
/ ˌoʊ vər ɪkˈstɛnd /

verb (used with object)

to extend, reach, or expand beyond a proper, safe, or reasonable point: a company that overextended its credit to diversify.
to extend for too long a time: to overextend a stay.
to obligate (oneself) to more activities, work, etc., than one has time for or can accomplish well.

Nearby words

  1. overexpansion,
  2. overexpose,
  3. overexposed,
  4. overexposure,
  5. overexpress,
  6. overextended,
  7. overfall,
  8. overfalls,
  9. overfamiliar,
  10. overfatigue

Origin of overextend

First recorded in 1935–40; over- + extend

Related formso·ver·ex·ten·sion [oh-ver-ik-sten-shuh n] /ˌoʊ vər ɪkˈstɛn ʃən/, noun

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