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Definition of overstep verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

overstep

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈstep//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈstep//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overstep
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈstep//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈstep//
 
he / she / it oversteps
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈsteps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈsteps//
 
past simple overstepped
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈstept//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈstept//
 
past participle overstepped
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈstept//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈstept//
 
-ing form overstepping
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈstepɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈstepɪŋ//
 
 
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  • overstep something to go beyond what is normal or allowed to overstep your authority He tends to overstep the boundaries of good taste.
  • Idioms to behave in a way that people think is not acceptable She realized she had overstepped the mark and quickly apologized.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: overstep

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