[ oh-ver-taks ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to tax too heavily.

  2. to make too great demands on.

Origin of overtax

First recorded in 1640–50; over- + tax

Other words from overtax

  • o·ver·tax·a·tion, noun

Words Nearby overtax

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How to use overtax in a sentence

  • I have allowed him to overtax himself until he is down, and mother and Polly are north at our cottage.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost | Gene Stratton Porter
  • The Cerebral, lacking a large alimentary system, is not tempted to overload his stomach or overtax his vital organs.

    How to Analyze People on Sight | Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
  • Failure comes to those who grow weary in the struggle, and to those who overwork themselves and overtax their abilities.

    Dollars and Sense | Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • Here, having at last come into the region of settlements, they agreed never again to overtax the dogs.

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  • Order is heaven’s first law, and you should not overtax mediums; for no good Spirit will answer, after their guardians say ‘done.

British Dictionary definitions for overtax


/ (ˌəʊvəˈtæks) /

  1. to tax too heavily

  2. to impose too great a strain on

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