Definition of overdo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈdo͞o/

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).

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Syllabification: o·ver·do

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