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Definition of overshoot verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overshoot
    he / she / it overshoots
    past simple overshot
    -ing form overshooting
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to go further than the place you intended to stop or turn overshoot something The aircraft overshot the runway. overshoot (something) (by something) She had overshot by 20 yards.
  2. 2[transitive] overshoot something (by something) to do more or to spend more money than you originally planned The department may overshoot its cash limit this year.
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