Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To interpret something to a greater degree, or in a more positive way, than appropriate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To read over, or peruse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To read over; peruse.
  • Having read too much.

Etymologies

From over- +‎ read. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One wonders whether Governor Scott Walker overread anti-public employee sentiment and whether his overreach might end up turning public employees into -- gasp!

    The conversation is no longer about Wisconsin's finances

  • Like Mimi said, an overread introvert. tallulah Said,

    Janie’s Got A Gun | Her Bad Mother

  • We freak out about everything, because it is n the nature of overread introverts to, well * read** into* everything.

    Janie’s Got A Gun | Her Bad Mother

  • They were going to be humble, they wouldn't overread their mandate, they wouldn't go for draconian cuts in services that weren't defensible once they had to be explained.

    Wonkbook: Tea Party wins their first budget fight

  • Key takeaway: Presuming Dems take a shellacking this fall, there will be some voices within the party that will use this to insist that they were right in warning Obama and Dems not to overread their mandate and to avoid embracing an agenda that was "too liberal" and "too ambitious."

    The Morning Plum

  • I also think folks greatly overread Obama's alleged electability based on the enthusiasm of his supporters.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • The Dem shellacking simply must mean that Obama overread his mandate and undertook an agenda that was too partisan, too ambitious, and -- worst of all -- too liberal.

    The coming war among Dems

  • (I don't want to sound superior though; I'm a poll crack addict, but I still try to note them and then try not to overread their importance),

    USAToday Offers Detailed Portrait Of Attitudes Towards Presidential Candidates

  • On the one hand, she addresses his critiques of representation directly and succinctly (it is very easy to overread Deleuze).

    GreenCine Daily: Shorts, 5/16.

  • Going on during this time, also, was a second medical issue, that of my polycystic ovarian syndome, a profound hormonal disorder that had left me with uterine polyps and dysplasia that had once been labeled cancer, though that path report was overread as non-cancerous by someone from Johns Hopkins.

    MY KNEES -- PART THREE, AFTER THE SURGERY

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