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[oh-ver-ik-stend] /ˌoʊ vər ɪkˈstɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to extend, reach, or expand beyond a proper, safe, or reasonable point:
a company that overextended its credit to diversify.
to extend for too long a time:
to overextend a stay.
to obligate (oneself) to more activities, work, etc., than one has time for or can accomplish well.
Origin of overextend
1935-40; over- + extend
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[oh-ver-ik-sten-shuh n] /ˌoʊ vər ɪkˈstɛn ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Gets good hand placement, but needs to keep his base wider as he will overextend, causing him to not sustain blocks for long.
  • Has enough speed to get to the second level, but tends to overextend and will miss some blocks in space.
  • If anything, he says, officials have had to caution them not to overextend themselves.
  • What some people have suggested is that they overextend this social mode of interpretation.
  • Sometimes they overextend and strand themselves by the dozens in the receding tide, farther along, but they usually aren't harmed.
  • But she's realistic about what she can do, and careful not to overextend.
  • Know basic winter survival techniques, and don't overextend your skills and equipment.
  • If you move your vehicle or overextend your stay, you can receive a ticket.
  • Sometimes they overreach or overextend a part of the body when they reach over something to pick up a load.
  • Stretching should never overextend the muscle or cause it to burn.

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