[verb oh-ver-yooz; noun oh-ver-yoos]

verb (used with object), o·ver·used, o·ver·us·ing.

to use too much or too often: to overuse an expression.


excessive use: to strain one's voice through overuse.

Origin of overuse

First recorded in 1670–80; over- + use
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Examples from the Web for overuse

Contemporary Examples of overuse

Historical Examples of overuse

  • Find synonyms for words which you have a tendency to overuse.

  • And, not content with this overuse of one particular type of judgment, our critics claim its monopoly.

  • To overuse the psionic powers of the human mind is as dangerous as overusing morphine or alcohol.

    What The Left Hand Was Doing

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • This is a "novicy" kind of diction in which the would-be forcible writer defeats his object by the overuse of expletives.

    The Verbalist

    Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

  • A great cause of ill health is overuse of sugar in concentrated form, candy, etc., especially by the sedentary.

    How to Live

    Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk

Word Origin and History for overuse

also over-use, 1862, from over- + use (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper