transitive verb Date: 1937 to extend or expand beyond a safe or reasonable point; especially to commit (oneself) financially beyond what can be paid • overextension noun

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  • overextend — I verb develop too fast, develop too much, distend, go too far, grow too fast, grow too much, overcommit, overdevelop, overexpand, spread too far, spread too thin, strain, stretch, stretch too far II index overdraw, overreach Burton s Legal… …   Law dictionary

  • overextend — [ō΄vərek stend′] vt. to extend beyond reasonable limits or beyond one s capacity to meet obligations or commitments overextension [ō΄vərek sten′shən] n …   English World dictionary

  • overextend — overextended o‧ver‧ex‧ten‧ded [ˌəʊvərɪkˈstendd◂ ǁ ˌoʊ ] adjective 1. COMMERCE an overextended organization is involved in more activities than it can manage, or does not have enough money to do what it wants, for example because it has borrowed… …   Financial and business terms

  • overextend — UK [ˌəʊvərɪkˈstend] / US [ˌoʊvərɪkˈstend] verb [transitive] Word forms overextend : present tense I/you/we/they overextend he/she/it overextends present participle overextending past tense overextended past participle overextended to use more of… …   English dictionary

  • overextend — o|ver|ex|tend [ˌəuvərıkˈstend US ˌou ] v [T] 1.) to try to do or use too much of something, causing problems, illness, or damage overextend yourself ▪ Be careful not to overextend yourself. You ve been very ill. 2.) to spend more money than you… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • overextend — o|ver|ex|tend [ ,ouvərık stend ] verb transitive to use more of something than is reasonable or sensible: OVERSTRETCH: overextend your finances a. overextend yourself to cause yourself harm by trying to do too much …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • overextend — overextension /oh veuhr ik sten sheuhn/, n. /oh veuhr ik stend /, v.t. 1. to extend, reach, or expand beyond a proper, safe, or reasonable point: a company that overextended its credit to diversify. 2. to extend for too long a time: to overextend …   Universalium

  • overextend — over·ex·tend .ō və rik stend vt to extend too far <overextend the back> over·ex·ten·sion sten chən n …   Medical dictionary

  • overextend — verb To expand or extend to an excessive degree, especially to do so beyond a safe limit …   Wiktionary

  • overextend — Synonyms and related words: haul, heave, inflate, overdevelop, overdistend, overdraw, overexert, overexpand, overstrain, overstretch, overtax, press, pull, rack, strain, strain every nerve, stress, stretch, sweat blood, swell, tax, tense, tug …   Moby Thesaurus

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