/ (ˌəʊvəˈtɑːsk) /

  1. (tr) to impose too heavy a task upon

Words Nearby overtask

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How to use overtask in a sentence

  • It would overtask my poor faculty of description, to give my reader even a faint picture of this rugged battle-field.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson | John Pendleton Kennedy
  • 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
  • Lo, in the very day of your fast ye find a business to do, and all your workmen you overtask.

    The Expositor's Bible | George Adam Smith
  • Old barriers have disappeared; while new difficulties are being created, of a magnitude to overtask the faith of the strongest.

  • Even if she took the car, she would be obliged to carry it a portion of the way, and she felt that it would overtask her strength.

    Paul the Peddler | Horatio Alger, Jr.