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verb (used with object), o·ver·stepped, o·ver·step·ping.
  1. to go beyond; exceed: to overstep one's authority.
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Origin of overstep

before 1000; Middle English oversteppen, Old English ofersteppan. See over-, step
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violate, meddle, transgress, trespass, encroach, exceed, intrench

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British Dictionary definitions for overstep


verb -steps, -stepping or -stepped
  1. (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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