Definition of overdraw in English:

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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈdrɔː/

verb (past overdrew; past participle overdrawn)

[with object]
1Draw money from (one’s bank account) in excess of what the account holds: you only pay interest if your account is overdrawn
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  • If the account is overdrawn, the bank becomes the creditor and the customer the debtor.
  • We are now overdrawn on our bank account and it has put us in financially difficulty, not to mention all the stress and worry it has caused.
  • At its most extreme, the practice leaves victims in the nightmarish situation of having their bank accounts overdrawn by many thousands of pounds without their knowledge.
1.1 (be overdrawn) (Of a person) have taken money out of an account in excess of what it holds: I’m already overdrawn this month
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  • The average account customer is overdrawn for 80 days in every year, so it affects a lot of people.
  • For customers who are overdrawn, each withdrawal is charged at €0.23 with no minimum fee applied.
  • I would have to help my father out with that couple thousand dollars when he was overdrawn at the bank.
2Exaggerate in describing or depicting (someone or something): some of the characters were overdrawn
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  • I had been contacted by Mr. Mailander with some of these suspicions a few days previously, and had responded then that I thought some of them were overdrawn.
  • Critics have argued that the work's thesis regarding the advent of the totally administered society is overdrawn.
  • Once again, one must be careful not to overdraw the argument.

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