Definition of overdo in English:


Pronunciation /ˌōvərˈdo͞o/ /ˌoʊvərˈdu/

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transitive verboverdoes, overdoing, overdid, overdone

[with object]
  • 1Do, use, or carry to excess; exaggerate.

    ‘I'd overdone the garlic in the curry’
    • ‘dramatic yet never overdone’
    excessive, too much, undue, immoderate, inordinate, disproportionate, inflated, beyond the pale, overstated, overworked, overripe, laboured, exaggerated, over-elaborate, overemphasized, extravagant, over-enthusiastic, effusive, over-effusive, gushing, fulsome, highly coloured, sensationalistic, forced, affected
    exaggerate, overstate, do to death, overemphasize, overplay, go overboard with, dramatize, overdramatize
    do too much …, drink too much …, have too much …, use too much …, overindulge in, do to excess, drink to excess, eat to excess, have to excess, use to excess, carry too far, carry to extremes, not know when to stop, be intemperate
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    1. 1.1overdo it/thingsExhaust oneself by overwork or overexertion.
      • ‘I'd simply overdone it in the gym’
      work too hard, overwork, do too much, work like a horse, work like a slave, work like a Trojan, work day and night, burn the midnight oil, burn the candle at both ends, strain oneself, sweat, sweat blood, overtax oneself, overtax one's strength, overburden oneself, overload oneself, drive oneself too hard, push oneself too hard, run oneself into the ground, work oneself into the ground, wear oneself to a shadow, work one's fingers to the bone, wear oneself out, have too many irons in the fire, have too many balls in the air, burn oneself out, bite off more than one can chew
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    2. 1.2Overcook (food).
      overcooked, overbaked, dried out, burnt, burnt to a cinder, burnt to a crisp
      overcook, overbake, burn, burn to a cinder, burn to a crisp
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Old English oferdōn(see over-, do).