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[v. oh-ver-yooz; n. oh-ver-yoos] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈyuz; n. ˈoʊ vərˈyus/
verb (used with object), overused, overusing.
to use too much or too often:
to overuse an expression.
excessive use:
to strain one's voice through overuse.
1670-80; over- + use Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for overuse
  • My disdain for this plant is mostly due to its overuse.
  • Don't hide the upfront capital cost in use it or lose it or overuse it and pay much more pricing schemes.
  • Players are arriving on campus already suffering from the aches and pains of overuse, athletic trainers report.
  • After extreme cases of online overuse, the country is considering increasing its support of counseling centers.
  • The device eventually expired, probably from overuse.
  • Some of it is caused by impoverished people who feel they have no choice but to overuse their limited resources.
  • Apologies for the long post and overuse of parenthetical comments.
  • Reining in overuse will be difficult and will require governments, companies and health-care providers to act in concert.
  • But this is a money-saving tip you have to be careful not to overuse.
  • Because he and others do not consider this cost, they overuse the roads, creating traffic.
Word Origin and History for overuse
1670s (v.), from over + use (v.). As a noun, 1862, from use (n.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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