- 1overdo something to do something too much; to exaggerate something She really overdid the sympathy (= and so did not seem sincere).
- 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[usually passive] overdo something to cook something for too long The fish was overdone and very dry. Word Origin Old English oferdōn (see over-, do1).Idioms 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.
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈduː//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈduː//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overdo
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈduː//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈduː//he / she / it overdoes
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈdʌz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈdʌz//past simple overdid
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈdɪd//past participle overdone
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈdʌn//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈdʌn//-ing form overdoing
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈduːɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈduːɪŋ//