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overheat

[oh-ver-heet] /ˌoʊ vərˈhit/
verb (used with object)
1.
to heat to excess.
2.
to excite or agitate; make vehement:
a crowd overheated by rabble-rousers.
verb (used without object)
3.
to become overheated:
a stove that overheats alarmingly; a temper that overheats with little provocation.
noun
4.
the state or condition of being overheated; excessive heat, agitation, or vehemence.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English overheten. See over-, heat
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British Dictionary definitions for overheated

overheat

/ˌəʊvəˈhiːt/
verb
1.
to make or become excessively hot
2.
(transitive; often passive) to make very agitated, irritated, etc
3.
(intransitive) (of an economy) to tend towards inflation, often as a result of excessive growth in demand
4.
(transitive) to cause (an economy) to tend towards inflation
noun
5.
the condition of being overheated
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Word Origin and History for overheated

overheat

v.

"to make too hot" (transitive), late 14c., from over- + heat (v.). Intransitive sense "to become too hot" is from 1902, originally in reference to motor engines. Related: Overheated; overheating.

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