verb (used without object), o·ver·spent, o·ver·spend·ing.

to spend more than one can afford: Receiving a small inheritance, she began to overspend alarmingly.

verb (used with object), o·ver·spent, o·ver·spend·ing.

to spend in excess of: He was overspending his yearly salary by several thousand dollars.
to spend beyond one's means (used reflexively): When the bills arrived, he realized he had foolishly overspent himself.
to wear out; exhaust.

Origin of overspend

First recorded in 1580–90; over- + spend
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Historical Examples of overspend

  • I am never called anything but Mollie, except when I overspend my allowance, and mother feels it her duty to scold me.

    The Fortunes of the Farrells

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

British Dictionary definitions for overspend


verb (ˌəʊvəˈspɛnd) -spends, -spending or -spent

to spend in excess of (one's desires or what one can afford or is allocated)
(tr; usually passive) to wear out; exhaust

noun (ˈəʊvəˌspɛnd)

the amount by which someone or something is overspent
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Word Origin and History for overspend

1610s, "to wear out," from over- + spend. Meaning "to spend more than is necessary" is attested from 1857. Related: Overspent; overspending.

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