Definition of overachieve in English:

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Pronunciation: /əʊv(ə)rəˈtʃiːv/


[no object]
1Do better than is expected, especially in schoolwork: David continued to overachieve all through high school
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  • Credit should be given to the players who continue to overachieve when managerial changes and boardroom struggles would have ripped apart most teams.
  • It's a mistake at this point to confuse ‘inexperienced’ with ‘inept’ - although I hope that Stephen is right and that Cameron has been overachieving.
  • The leader of an ordinary bunch of footballers who overachieved at the World Cup should have made his exit after the summer extravaganza.
1.1 (often as adjective overachieving) Be excessively dedicated to achieving success in one’s work: overachieving geeks
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  • Those groups who overachieve are seen in this theory as oppressors who must be curbed, if not eliminated.



Pronunciation: /ˌəʊv(ə)rəˈtʃiːvm(ə)nt/
Example sentences
  • The 2005 budget should make more realistic revenue projections so as not to report such overachievement, the IMF resident representative office said on September 14.
  • And so begins a lifetime of overachievement and self-identification through testing!
  • By definition, overachievement cannot continue forever.


Pronunciation: /əʊv(ə)rəˈtʃiːvə/
Example sentences
  • Quart's dissection of status anxieties is brilliant, but her focus is restricted to academic overachievers bred by upper-income parents.
  • ‘Medicine is one of the great bastions of risk-averse overachievers,’ he said.
  • I guess she was so used to being around superficial ego-driven overachievers that three more years of it didn't seem like much of a sacrifice.

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