What does overdo mean?

Definitions for overdo
ˌoʊ vərˈduover·do

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overdo, exaggerateverb

    do something to an excessive degree

    "He overdid it last night when he did 100 pushups"


  1. overdoverb

    To do too much of something.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Overdoverb

    To do more than enough.

    Etymology: over and do.

    Any thing so over-done is from the purpose of playing; whose end is to hold the mirrour up to nature. William Shakespeare.

    Nature so intent upon finishing her work, much oftner over-does than under-does. You shall hear of twenty animals with two heads, for one that hath none. Nehemiah Grew.

    When the meat is over-done, lay the fault upon your lady who hurried you. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Overdo

    Overdo is a surname.


  1. overdo

    To overdo means to do, use, or carry out something excessive or to an extreme. This might involve pushing oneself beyond limits in a certain activity or overly exaggerating when speaking or acting. It can also refer to excessively cooking or preparing something until it's ruined.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overdo

    ō-vėr-dōō′, v.t. to do overmuch: to carry too far: to harass, to fatigue: to cook too much: to excel.—n. Overdo′er.—adj. Overdone′, overacted: fatigued: cooked too much.

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  1. do over

  2. do-over

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overdo in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overdo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of overdo in a Sentence

  1. Lao Tzu:

    Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.

  2. Roger Healy:

    If you are not diversifying you are not investing — you're gambling, you can't overdo this.

  3. Societe Generale Annenkov:

    It's an additional communication measure, if you don't overdo it with overly specific links to variables.

  4. Evan Ross:

    It’s impossible to keep them away because we’re with them every day, so they will be, but we’re strategic in how we do that, we don’t overdo it with them.

  5. Nina Agdal:

    Sometimes I want to put in a really great workout, but I have a million things to do that day, so all I can really do is go for a walk, … I think people often focus on how long the workout is, how sweaty you are when you’re done and how tired you are afterward. The thing is, if you overdo it, you’re probably not going to want to do it again. And then you won’t stay consistent. Find things that you enjoy doing and try new things, too. Some days you’ll want to go cycling, but on another day your body really wants a good yoga stretch. You’ll feel great afterward and it won’t feel like a chore.

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