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overdone

[oh-ver-duhn] /ˌoʊ vərˈdʌn/
verb
1.
past participle of overdo.
adjective
2.
cooked too long or too much:
The roast was overdone. I dislike overdone steak.
3.
excessive or strained; exaggerated:
Don't you think his politeness is overdone?
4.
overtaxed; exhausted:
You're looking a bit overdone from that hike.
Origin

overdo

[oh-ver-doo] /ˌoʊ vərˈdu/
verb (used with object), overdid, overdone, overdoing.
1.
to do to excess; overindulge in:
to overdo dieting.
2.
to carry to excess or beyond the proper limit:
He puts on so much charm that he overdoes it.
3.
to overact (a part); exaggerate.
4.
to overtax the strength of; fatigue; exhaust.
5.
to cook too much or too long; overcook:
Don't overdo the hamburgers.
verb (used without object), overdid, overdone, overdoing.
6.
to do too much; go to an extreme:
Exercise is good but you mustn't overdo.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English overdon, Old English oferdōn. See over-, do1
Related forms
overdoer, noun
Can be confused
overdo, overdue.
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British Dictionary definitions for overdone

overdo

/ˌəʊvəˈduː/
verb (transitive) -does, -doing, -did, -done
1.
to take or carry too far; do to excess
2.
to exaggerate, overelaborate, or overplay
3.
to cook or bake too long
4.
overdo it, overdo things, to overtax one's strength, capacity, etc
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Word Origin and History for overdone
adj.

Old English ofer-done "carried to excess;" see overdo. Of cooking from 1680s.

overdo

v.

Old English oferdon "to do too much," from ofer (see over) + don (see do (v.)). Common Germanic (cf. Old High German ubartuan). Meaning "to overtax, exhaust" (especially in phrase to overdo it) is attested from 1817. Of food, "to cook too long," first recorded 1680s (in past participle adjective overdone).

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