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

  • 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