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[oh-ver-eet] /ˌoʊ vərˈit/
verb (used without object), overate, overeaten, overeating.
to eat too much:
If you overeat, you're bound to get fat.
verb (used with object), overate, overeaten, overeating.
to eat more than is good for (oneself):
The food was so tasty we overate ourselves.
Origin of overeat
1515-25; over- + eat
Related forms
overeater, noun Unabridged
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  • If someone chooses to overeat and become obese, why should others have to suffer as a result of their poor health choices.
  • Not all fat-fighting drugs curb the urge to overeat.
  • Swithers stops short of saying that the animals in her study were compelled to overeat to compensate for phantom calories.
  • After hitting their goals, patients go on less expensive maintenance programs, designed to help them fend off cravings to overeat.
British Dictionary definitions for overeat


verb (intransitive) -eats, -eating, -ate, -eaten
to consume too much food
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Word Origin and History for overeat

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

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overeat in Medicine

overeat o·ver·eat (ō'vər-ēt')
v. o·ver·ate (-āt'), o·ver·eat·en (-ēt'n), o·ver·eat·ing, o·ver·eats
To eat to excess, especially habitually.

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