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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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  • It is nice to overeat yourself even though it does make you ill afterwards.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • She should not overeat on the supposition that she has to feed two persons.

  • And you don't need to overeat, and keep on doing it, just because you must eat.

    How to Eat Thomas Clark Hinkle
  • That means, of course, that practically all Americans overeat.

    How to Eat Thomas Clark Hinkle
  • I overeat, I have indigestion, I go to a doctor, he gives me medicine.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • "Well, he never did overeat himself, that I knew of," said the Bishop.

    The Lions of the Lord Harry Leon Wilson
  • And how they will continue to overeat themselves, content to avoid the truth regarding food quantities.

  • Try not to overeat at any time, and thus undo the work that perhaps has taken you two or three days to accomplish.

    Diet and Health Lulu Hunt Peters
  • And we must not overeat cakesthere will be bread and jam with tea, you know, cautioned George.

    Little Washington's Relatives Lillian Elizabeth Roy
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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