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



    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//
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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. Word OriginOld 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: overdo