Etymology
Advertisement

overheat (v.)

"to make too hot, heat to excess" (transitive), late 14c., overhēten, from over- + heat (v.). Intransitive sense "to become too hot" is by 1902, originally in reference to motor engines. Related: Overheated; overheating.

updated on October 29, 2019

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of overheat from WordNet

overheat (v.)
get excessively and undesirably hot;
The car engines overheated
overheat (v.)
make excessively or undesirably hot;
The room was overheated
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.