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[oh-ver-spend] /ˌoʊ vərˈspɛnd/
verb (used without object), overspent, overspending.
to spend more than one can afford:
Receiving a small inheritance, she began to overspend alarmingly.
verb (used with object), overspent, overspending.
to spend in excess of:
He was overspending his yearly salary by several thousand dollars.
to spend beyond one's means (used reflexively):
When the bills arrived, he realized he had foolishly overspent himself.
to wear out; exhaust.
Origin of overspend
1580-90; over- + spend Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for overspend
  • If you ask for it all today then certainly you'll overspend.
  • It wants to give itself power to impose big fines on countries that overspend.
  • With elections out of the way, the full size of the regional overspend should now become apparent.
  • After these crises perhaps rich countries will learn not to overspend and to build reserves instead.
  • The only way to convince people that you cannot pay for state overspend, is to actually run out of money.
  • The goal isn't to get fishermen to overspend on more nets or bigger boats.
  • New software helps corporate travel managers track down business travelers who overspend.
  • Don't overspend yourself, physically or financially.
  • Don't let the promise of future work have you overspend.
  • One of the top reasons why people overspend is because they don't have clear goals to guide them when entering stores.
British Dictionary definitions for overspend


verb (ˌəʊvəˈspɛnd) -spends, -spending, -spent
to spend in excess of (one's desires or what one can afford or is allocated)
(transitive; usually passive) to wear out; exhaust
noun (ˈəʊvəˌspɛnd)
the amount by which someone or something is overspent
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Word Origin and History for overspend

1610s, "to wear out," from over- + spend. Meaning "to spend more than is necessary" is attested from 1857. Related: Overspent; overspending.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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