Etymology
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Words related to over-

overdrive (n.)

"speed-increasing gear in an automobile," 1929, from over- + drive (n.). Earlier it was a transitive verb, "to drive too hard, work to exhaustion," Old English oferdrifan.

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overdub (v.)

"add (extraneous sounds) to a recording," 1954, from over- + dub (v.). As a noun (over-dub) from 1953. Related: Overdubbed; overdubbing.

overdue (adj.)

"delayed or withheld beyond the usual or assigned time," 1845 of unpaid bills, 1890 of unreturned library books, 1970 of menstruation, from over- + due (adj.).

overeat (v.)

"to eat too much," 1590s, from over- + eat (v.). Related: Overate; overeating. Old English had oferæt (n.) "gluttony;" oferæte (adj.) "gluttonous, excessive eating."

overeducated (adj.)

also over-educated, "educated to excess or too long or beyond what is necessary," 1788, from over- + educated.

overestimate (v.)

also over-estimate, "estimate too highly, overvalue," 1768, from over- + estimate (v.). Related: Over-estimated; over-estimating.

overexcite (v.)

also over-excite, "excite unduly or excessively," 1708 (implied in over-excited), from over- + excite. Related: Overexciting.

overexcitement (n.)

also over-excitement, "excess of excitement," 1815, from over- + excitement.

overexpose (v.)

also over-expose, 1869, in photography, "to expose (a plate) to light for too long," from over- + expose (v.). Related: Overexposed; overexposing.

overexposure (n.)

also over-exposure, "excessive exposure; an excess of exposure," 1834 in reference to cleavage in women's dress; 1855 in photography, from over- + exposure. Figurative sense, in reference to celebrity, is attested from 1969.  

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