overbuild

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From over- +‎ build.

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overbuild (third-person singular simple present overbuilds, present participle overbuilding, simple past and past participle overbuilt)

  1. (transitive) To perform excessive construction on a building or in an area.
  2. (transitive) To build over or on top of another structure.
    The architect wanted to overbuild the restaurant on top of an office.
  3. (transitive) To build with excessive size or elaboration.
  4. (intransitive) To construct more homes, office buildings, or commercial complexes than necessary in an area.

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