- (tr) to impose too heavy a task upon
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Examples from the Web for overtask
But a strong desire to improve and elevate the schools, led him to overtask himself.Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders
William A. Alcott
But it is lost if we overtask the perceptions and carry away no idea with us: there is no gain, and positive harm.
Not to reveal too much, and not to tire curiosity or overtask belief, was his daily labour.Ormond, Volume III (of 3)
Charles Brockden Brown
But think not I mean to overtask thee,—or that I seriously designed to try thee with this rack of probation.The Infidel, Vol. I.
Robert Montgomery Bird
The work is too severe for African thews, and experience has shown it a bad economy to overtask the slave.Pictures of Southern Life
William Howard Russell