overdrive

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English overdriven, from Old English oferdrīfan, equivalent to over- +‎ drive. Cognate with Saterland Frisian uurdrieuwe (to overdo, overstate), Dutch overdrijven (to exaggerate), German Low German overdrieven, överdrieven (to overdo, exaggerate), German übertreiben (to overdo, exaggerate), Norwegian overdrive (to exaggerate).

Verb[edit]

overdrive (third-person singular simple present overdrives, present participle overdriving, simple past overdrove, past participle overdriven)

  1. (transitive) To drive too hard, or far, or beyond strength.

Etymology 2[edit]

From over- +‎ drive From the gear over "D" (drive) in an automatic transmission vehicle.

Noun[edit]

overdrive (plural overdrives)

  1. (dated) A gear, on an automobile, higher than the normal top gear.
    • 2018 October 20, Popular Mechanics‎, volume 156, number 4, page 201:
      Cruising in overdrive at legal highway speed keeps rpm right at 1800, depending on rear-axle ratio.
  2. A state of heightened activity.
    • 2000, Salman Rushdie, The ground beneath her feet, page 78:
      It is true, though it's got nothing to do with me, that the building boom that created the Bombay of my childhood went into overdrive in the years before my birth
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  • 4th gear (in an automatic transmission vehicle)
  • 5th gear (in a manual transmission vehicle)
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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

over- +‎ drive; after German übertreiben

Verb[edit]

overdrive (imperative overdriv, present tense overdriver, simple past overdrev or overdreiv, past participle overdrevet, present participle overdrivende)

  1. to exaggerate (overstate, to describe more than is fact)

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overdrive

  1. neuter of overdriven