Share this entry
overdo Syllabification: o·ver·do
Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈdo͞o/

Definition of overdo in English:

verb (overdoes, overdoing; past overdid; past participle overdone)

[with object]
1Do, use, or carry to excess; exaggerate: dramatic yet never overdone I’d overdone the garlic in the curry
More example sentences
  • The consensus was that, although water was indeed a lovely thing to have in unlimited supply, we'd rather overdone it.
  • Too late, to his chagrin, not to mention embarrassment, he found that he had rather overdone it, and could not get near him.
  • Unfortunately, some of these tracks suffer due to some rather overdone production.
exaggerate, overstate, overemphasize, overplay, go overboard with, overdramatize
informal ham up, camp up
overindulge in, have/use/eat/drink too much of, have/use/eat/drink to excess
excessive, too much, undue, immoderate, inordinate, disproportionate, inflated, overstated, overworked, exaggerated, overemphasized, overenthusiastic, overeffusive
informal a bit much, over the top
1.1 (overdo it/things) Exhaust oneself by overwork or overexertion: I’d simply overdone it in the gym
More example sentences
  • The Doctor is of course off this weekend also and I am continuing in my discussions to try to keep him from overdoing things - he works harder than most and doesn't take to relaxation.
  • Mars is a hard-driving taskmaster, so you've probably been overdoing things again recently.
  • Barua is an avid tennis player who still takes the game with the exuberance of a youngster, consequently overdoing things at times.
work too hard, overwork, do too much, burn the candle at both ends, overtax oneself, drive/push oneself too hard, work/run oneself into the ground, wear oneself out, bite off more than one can chew, strain oneself
1.2Overcook (food).
Example sentences
  • My halibut was slightly overcooked and came with similarly overdone vegetables, making for an unmemorable experience.
  • The tiger prawns were huge and not overdone and the potatoes and vegetables not overcooked.
  • The sausages were tangy and unusual, slightly overdone at one end - which I like in a sausage - and tasty.
overcook, burn
overcooked, dried out, burnt


Old English oferdōn (see over-, do1).

Definition of overdo in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources