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[verb oh-ver-stuhd-ee; noun oh-ver-stuhd-ee]
verb (used with or without object), o·ver·stud·ied, o·ver·stud·y·ing.
  1. to study too much or too hard (sometimes used reflexively): to overstudy a letter for hidden meanings; to overstudy to the point of exhaustion; to overstudy oneself and forget half of what has been read.
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  1. excessive study.
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Origin of overstudy

First recorded in 1635–45; over- + study
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for overstudy

Historical Examples

  • When the brain grows weary from overstudy, I seem to be in it.

    The Mind and Its Education

    George Herbert Betts

  • The faults are the faults of overstudy, the faults of correctness and maturity.

  • He no longer abused himself with short sleep, overwork, and overstudy.

    Martin Eden

    Jack London

  • The sad life of Henry is the truest indictment of overstudy that I know.


    Christopher Morley

  • Often enough the effects which are attributed to overstudy are properly due to this debasing habit.