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.



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  • 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.


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  • 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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