[ verb oh-ver-yooz; noun oh-ver-yoos ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈyuz; noun ˈoʊ vərˈyus /

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

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