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From Middle English *overthenken, *overthenchen (compare Middle English overthinken (“to grieve; have regrets; be sorry; be anxious”)), from Old English oferþenċan (“to think over; consider”), equivalent to over- + think.
- (archaic) To think about; think over
- 1695, J.D. Albany, The Banishment of poverty:
- But when I dred that wou'd not work,
I overthought me of a Wile
How I might at my leisure lurk,
My graceless Guardain to beguile.
- To think or analyze too much.
- Don't overthink the problem. It's not that difficult.
- (rare) To think too highly (of); overestimate
- 1859, Henry Ward Beecher, Sermons, page 25:
- So to think of self as not to overthink — to think of yourself with sober, moral judgment.