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overdevelop Line breaks: over|de¦velop
Pronunciation: /əʊvədɪˈvɛləp/

Definition of overdevelop in English:

verb (overdevelops, overdeveloping, overdeveloped)

[with object]
1Develop too much or to excess: cycling may overdevelop the calf muscles (as adjective overdeveloped) Majorca’s overdeveloped coastline
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  • The reason those proteins are there is that as the fetus develops, it keeps the brain from overdeveloping, and if the brain overdevelops it would develop tumors.
  • In practise, this merely meant that I clung tightly to my jungle guide, and wondered for ages whether I had an overdeveloped right thigh muscle.
  • Too many pushups, for instance, can overdevelop the chest muscles and force your swing off-line.
1.1 Photography Treat with developer for too long: you can overdevelop the film to make up for underexposure
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  • The effect is to keep the high values of the negative from being overdeveloped, hence unprintable, by reducing them before development.
  • It is not possible to overdevelop, and it is important to completely develop the remaining silver halide.


Example sentences
  • The development cannot be considered an overdevelopment of the site.
  • We believe this is a bad scheme and gross overdevelopment.
  • They were also worried that it might be overdevelopment in terms of waste-disposal, but they came around in the end.
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