[ oh-ver-heet ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈhit /

verb (used with object)

to heat to excess.
to excite or agitate; make vehement: a crowd overheated by rabble-rousers.

verb (used without object)

to become overheated: a stove that overheats alarmingly; a temper that overheats with little provocation.


the state or condition of being overheated; excessive heat, agitation, or vehemence.

Origin of overheat

First recorded in 1350–1400, overheat is from the Middle English word overheten. See over-, heat
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British Dictionary definitions for overheat


/ (ˌəʊvəˈhiːt) /


to make or become excessively hot
(tr; often passive) to make very agitated, irritated, etc
(intr) (of an economy) to tend towards inflation, often as a result of excessive growth in demand
(tr) to cause (an economy) to tend towards inflation


the condition of being overheated
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