overextend

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

over- +‎ extend

Verb[edit]

overextend (third-person singular simple present overextends, present participle overextending, simple past and past participle overextended)

  1. To expand or extend to an excessive degree, especially to do so beyond a safe limit.
  2. (linguistics, transitive) To apply (a term) to too many referents, by overextension.
  3. (chess, transitive) To push a pawn too far, so that it becomes vulnerable to the opponent's attacks.

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