[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. overtrade,
  2. overtrick,
  3. overtrump,
  4. overture,
  5. overturn,
  6. overvalue,
  7. overview,
  8. overvoltage,
  9. overwatch,
  10. overwear

Origin of overuse

First recorded in 1670–80; over- + use

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Word Origin and History for overuse



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

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