UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈduː] / US [ˌoʊvərˈdu] verb [transitive]
Word forms "overdo":
present tense I/you/we/they overdo he/she/it overdoes present participle overdoing past tense overdid UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈdɪd] / US [ˌoʊvərˈdɪd] past participle overdone UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈdʌn] / US [ˌoʊvərˈdʌn]
a) to do, say, use etc more of something that you should

Don't overdo the spices or you'll lose the flavour of the meat.

I thought they overdid the sentimentality at the end of the film.

overdo it with something:

Be careful not to overdo it with the exercise.

b) to cook something for too long

I'm afraid I've overdone the vegetables.

English dictionary. 2014.


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  • Overdo — O ver*do , v. t. [imp. {Overdid}; p. p. {Overdone}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overdoing}.] 1. To do too much; to exceed what is proper or true in doing; to exaggerate; to carry too far. [1913 Webster] Anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overdo it — or overdo things to work too hard, making yourself tired or ill …   English dictionary

  • overdo — ► VERB (overdoes; past overdid; past part. overdone) 1) do (something) excessively or in an exaggerated manner. 2) (overdo it/things) exhaust oneself. 3) use or add too much of. 4) (overdone …   English terms dictionary

  • overdo — [ō΄vər do͞o′] vt. overdid, overdone, overdoing 1. to do too much, or to excess 2. to spoil the effect of by exaggeration [to overdo an apology] 3. to cook too long; overcook 4. to overwork; exhaust; tire vi. to do too much; …   English World dictionary

  • Overdo — O ver*do , v. i. To labor too hard; to do too much. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overdo — index distort, overestimate, overindulge, overload, overreach Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • overdo — (v.) O.E. oferdon to do too much, from ofer (see OVER (Cf. over)) + don (see DO (Cf. do) (v.)). Common Germanic (Cf. O.H.G. ubartuan). Meaning to overtax, exhaust (especially in phrase to over do it) is attested from 1817. Of food, to cook too… …   Etymology dictionary

  • overdo — [v] go to extremes; carry too far amplify, be intemperate, belabor, bite off too much*, do to death, drive oneself, exaggerate, fatigue, go overboard*, go too far*, hype, lay it on*, magnify, make federal case*, not know when to stop*, overburden …   New thesaurus

  • overdo — o|ver|do [ ,ouvər du ] (past tense o|ver|did [ ,ouvər dıd ] ; past participle o|ver|done [ ,ouvər dʌn ] ) verb transitive to do, say, use, etc. more of something that you should: Don t overdo the spices or you ll lose the flavor of the meat. I… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • overdo it — 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 to a shadow, wear oneself out, bit off more than one can chew, strain oneself;… …   Useful english dictionary