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[oh-ver-uh-cheev] /ˌoʊ vər əˈtʃiv/
verb (used without object), overachieved, overachieving.
to perform, especially academically, above the potential indicated by tests of one's mental ability or aptitude.
to perform better or achieve more than expected, especially by others.
1950-55; over- + achieve, or by back formation from overachiever
Related forms
overachievement, noun
overachiever, noun Unabridged
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  • There's one in every office: that know-it-all overachiever who comes in early, stays late and kisses up to the boss.
  • Suppose you are an overachiever who has run out of things to achieve.
  • Not an exceptional athlete, but a dependable overachiever who gets the job done.
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British Dictionary definitions for overachiever


(intransitive) to perform (for example, in examinations) better than would be expected on the basis of one's age or talents
Derived Forms
overachiever, noun
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