Definition of overheat in English:

overheat

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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈhiːt
 
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verb

  • 1Make or become too hot: [no object]: her car started to overheat [with object]: it’s vital not to overheat the liquid
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    • We raised our eyebrows at each other, and gave sympathetic smiles to those who were stuck at the side of the road because their car had overheated.
    • Two million cars overheat daily in smog-choked traffic jams on the ever-increasing suite of 12-lane ringroads.
    • My car decided to overheat intermittently, the iPod started to skip, and my phone decided it wouldn't recognise its SIM card.
  • 1.1Make or become too excited: (as adjective overheated) his overheated imagination
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    • Such ‘unitarianism of the Spirit’ is no figment of some overheated Roman imagination.
    • The result, McGinn sympathetically explains, is the cooling of an overheated imagination.
    • It's the last real upset of the day and the only thing that was overheating was the imagination of the person who reported it.
  • 2 [no object] (Of a country’s economy) show marked inflation when increased demand results in rising prices rather than increased output: in 1987 the Treasury had allowed the economy to overheat
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    • The economy overheats and stock prices diverge wildly from any semblance of reasonable valuation.
    • First, there is less danger that the U.S. economy can overheat when much of domestic demand can be satisfied by foreign production capacity.
    • The IMF is worried China's economy could overheat and generate a troubling inflation that would raise the risk of an economic crash.

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