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Definition of overdo verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overdo
    he / she / it overdoes
    past simple overdid
    past participle overdone
    -ing form overdoing
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  1. 1overdo something to do something too much; to exaggerate something She really overdid the sympathy (= and so did not seem sincere).
  2. 2overdo something to use too much of something Don't overdo the salt in the food. Use illustrations where appropriate but don't overdo it.
  3. 3[usually passive] overdo something to cook something for too long The fish was overdone and very dry.
  4. Idioms
    overdo it/things
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    to work, study, etc. too hard or for too long He's been overdoing things recently. I overdid it in the gym and hurt my back.
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