[ oh-ver-step ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈstɛp /

verb (used with object), o·ver·stepped, o·ver·step·ping.

to go beyond; exceed: to overstep one's authority.

Origin of overstep

before 1000; Middle English oversteppen, Old English ofersteppan. See over-, step
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/ (ˌəʊvəˈstɛp) /

verb -steps, -stepping or -stepped

(tr) to go beyond (a certain or proper limit)
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Word Origin and History for overstep



Old English ofersteppan "to step over or beyond, cross, exceed;" see over- + step (v.). From the beginning used in figurative senses. Related: Overstepped; overstepping.

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