[ verb oh-ver-wurk; noun oh-ver-wurk ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to work too hard, too much, or too long; weary or exhaust with work (often used reflexively): Don't overwork yourself on that new job.

  2. to work up, stir up, or excite excessively: to overwork a mob to the verge of frenzy.

  1. to employ or elaborate to excess: an appeal for sympathy that has been overworked by many speakers.

  2. to work or decorate all over; decorate the surface of: white limestone overworked with inscriptions.

verb (used without object)
  1. to work too hard, too much, or too long; work to excess: You look as though you've been overworking.

  1. work beyond one's strength or capacity.

  2. extra or excessive work.

Origin of overwork

before 1000; Old English oferwyrcan.See over-, work

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British Dictionary definitions for overwork


verb(ˌəʊvəˈwɜːk) (mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to work or cause to work too hard or too long

  2. to use too much: to overwork an excuse

  1. to decorate the surface of

  2. to work up

  1. excessive or excessively tiring work

Derived forms of overwork

  • overworked, adjective

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