overdo, exaggerate

(verb) do something to an excessive degree; “He overdid it last night when he did 100 pushups”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



overdo (third-person singular simple present overdoes, present participle overdoing, simple past overdid, past participle overdone)

To do too much; to exceed what is proper or true in doing; to carry too far.

Synonym: exaggerate

To cook for too long.

Synonym: overcook

Antonyms: underdo, undercook

To give (someone or something) too much work; to require too much effort or strength of (someone); to use up too much of (something).

Synonyms: overtask, overtax, fatigue, exhaust, wear out

(obsolete) To do more than (someone); to do (something) to a greater extent.

Synonyms: excel, outdo, surpass

Usage notes

Until the 19th century, overdo was often used intransitively (without a direct object), but this usage is rare in contemporary English, and has been replaced by the phrase overdo it, “to do something too much, in an exaggerated way, or in a way that makes one too tired or endangers one's health:”

I think you’ve overdone it on the food for this evening—there’s enough here to feed an army!

I wanted to have all the weeding done today, but I overdid it and now I’m too tired to go out.


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Source: Wiktionary

O`ver*do", v. t. [imp. Overdid; p. p. Overdone; p. pr. & vb. n. Overdoing.]

1. To do too much; to exceed what is proper or true in doing; to exaggerate; to carry too far. Anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing. Shak.

2. To overtask. or overtax; to fatigue; to exhaust; as, to overdo one's strength.

3. To surpass; to excel. [R.] Tennyson.

4. To cook too much; as, to overdo the meat.

O`ver*do", v. i.

Definition: To labor too hard; to do too much.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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