Word forms: overuses, overusing
Definitionspronunciation note: The verb is pronounced (oʊvəʳjuːz
). The noun is pronounced (oʊvəʳjuːs
1. verb If someone overuses something, they use more of it than necessary, or use it more often than necessary. [V n] ⇒ A nasal spray or drops would ease your symptoms, but don't overuse them or further congestion could result. [V n] ⇒ Don't overuse heated appliances on your hair. Overuse is also a noun. ⇒ Supplies are under increasing threat from overuse and pollution. 2. verb If you say that people overuse a word or idea, you mean that they use it so often that it no longer has any real meaning or effect. [V n] ⇒ Which words or phrases do you most overuse? overused
graded adjective & adjective ⇒ 'Just Do It' has become one of the most overused catch phrases in recent memory.
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