transitive verb Date: 1867 to fish to the detriment of (a fishing ground) or to the depletion of (a kind of organism)

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  • Overfish — O ver*fish , v. t. 1. To fish to excess. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically: To fish so much that the numbers of fish remaining are substantially reduced. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overfish — [ō΄vər fish′, ō′vər fish΄] vt., vi. 1. to fish (a body of water, region, etc.) to excess, depleting the stock of fish or of a certain fish 2. to so deplete (a stock of fish or a certain fish) …   English World dictionary

  • overfish — /oh veuhr fish /, v.t. 1. to fish (an area) excessively; to exhaust the supply of usable fish in (certain waters): Scientists are concerned that fishing boats may overfish our coastal waters. v.i. 2. to fish so as to deplete the supply of fish in …   Universalium

  • overfish — verb a) To fish excessively. b) To fish in excess so as to substantially reduce over several years the supply of one or more species of fish in an area …   Wiktionary

  • overfish — v. fish too much, remove too many fish from the sea (causing a reduction in the number of fish and danger of extinctions) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • overfish — verb deplete (a body of water, stock of fish, etc.) by too much fishing …   English new terms dictionary

  • overfish — o•ver•fish [[t]ˌoʊ vərˈfɪʃ[/t]] v. t. agr. to fish (an area) excessively; exhaust the supply of usable fish in (a body of water) • Etymology: 1865 …   From formal English to slang

  • overfish — /oʊvəˈfɪʃ/ (say ohvuh fish) verb (t) to fish (a body of water) to the point where fish stocks are excessively depleted. –overfishing, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • overfish — v.tr. deplete (a stream etc.) by too much fishing …   Useful english dictionary

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