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[oh-ver-draw] /ˌoʊ vərˈdrɔ/
verb (used with object), overdrew, overdrawn, overdrawing.
to draw upon (an account, allowance, etc.) in excess of the balance standing to one's credit or at one's disposal:
It was the first time he had ever overdrawn his account.
to strain, as a bow, by drawing too far.
to exaggerate in portraying, describing, depicting, or drawing:
The author has overdrawn the villain to the point of absurdity.
verb (used without object), overdrew, overdrawn, overdrawing.
to overdraw an account or the like:
It ruins one's credit to overdraw frequently at a bank.
(of a stove, fireplace, etc.) to draw excessively; have too strong an updraft:
When the flue overdraws, all the heat goes right up the chimney.
Origin of overdraw
1325-75; Middle English; see over-, draw
Related forms
unoverdrawn, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overdraw
  • But if you don't have the fees, people will overdraw their accounts.
  • Grant shrewdly conserved himself throughout his career and wisely knew not to overdraw the goodwill he had accrued.
  • Of course, you're probably not planning to overdraw your checking account, but mistakes do happen.
  • Moreover, customers who overdraw their accounts are made aware of the consequences of their actions.
  • The bottom line is that your lunch caused you to overdraw your account.
  • The final rule should apply only to programs that use computer software to clear transactions that would overdraw an account.
  • We do not advertise any kind of incentive to overdraw an account.
  • If checks or other transactions are processed before the hold is released you may overdraw your account and incur overdraft fees.
  • Thus, when they write a check knowing it will overdraw their account, the customer is choosing to pay the fee.
  • The customer has control over how many items he or she issues or uses in any given day that could overdraw the account.
British Dictionary definitions for overdraw


verb -draws, -drawing, -drew, -drawn
to draw on (a bank account) in excess of the credit balance
(transitive) to strain or pull (a bow) too far
(transitive) to exaggerate in describing or telling
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Word Origin and History for overdraw

late 14c., "to draw across;" 1734 in the banking sense, from over- + draw (v.). Related: Overdrawn; overdrawing.

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