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[oh-ver-step] /ˌoʊ vərˈstɛp/
verb (used with object), overstepped, overstepping.
to go beyond; exceed:
to overstep one's authority.
Origin of overstep
before 1000; Middle English oversteppen, Old English ofersteppan. See over-, step Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overstep
  • And there's almost no penalty at all for state actors who overstep their authority.
  • Precise estimates would overstep our ability to measure the impact of the budget on these variables.
  • Federal agencies need to be careful not to overstep bounds in creating direct agreements with rural and urban fire departments.
  • What this bill proposes is a serious overstep of tax authority.
  • Council understood the time constraints but did not want to overstep.
  • Monitor the activity of your executive committee to ensure that it does not overstep its authority.
British Dictionary definitions for overstep


verb -steps, -stepping, -stepped
(transitive) to go beyond (a certain or proper limit)
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Word Origin and History for overstep

Old English ofersteppan "to step over or beyond, cross, exceed;" see over- + step (v.). From the beginning used in figurative senses. Related: Overstepped; overstepping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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