Etymology
Advertisement

overuse (v.)

also over-use, "use too much or too frequently; injure by excessive use," 1670s, from over- + use (v.). Related: Overused; overusing.

overuse (n.)

also over-use, "too much or too frequent use," 1824, from over- + use (n.).

updated on December 07, 2019

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of overuse from WordNet
1
overuse (v.)
make use of too often or too extensively;
Synonyms: overdrive
2
overuse (n.)
exploitation to the point of diminishing returns;
Synonyms: overexploitation / overutilization / overutilisation
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.