from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To develop to excess: muscles that were overdeveloped by weightlifting.
  • transitive v. To process (a photographic plate or film) too long or in too concentrated a solution.

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  • v. To develop to an excessive degree
  • v. To develop a photographic film for too long

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To develop excessively

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To develop to excess; in photography, to develop too long or with too strong developer. See overdevelopment.


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over- +‎ develop


  • They contend that they have studied the transport systems in America and particularly in Canada and they say that they don't want to overdevelop their railway system.

    Present Position of the U.S.S.R.

  • According to Byram, there's a tendency for pitchers to overdevelop the internal rotators of their shoulders because those are the muscles that speed the arm forward.

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  • "They have failed plan for the sizeable increase in Victoria's population which has added to pressure to overdevelop areas," he said.

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  • The Department of Community Affairs is Florida's last line of defense against incessant, unrelenting efforts to overbuild and overdevelop our communities. Stories

  • If you mix too vigorously, you might overdevelop the gluten in the flour and end up with tough muffins, regardless of the flour type.

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  • "We can't overdevelop our resources - that's what's happening here."

  • Now there is no real need for a passenger / commuter rail line unless the goal is to overdevelop the north shore with more townhouses, apartment buildings, and housing projects.


  • (Thus comes the dictum of David Vestal about how to handle B&W film, "don't underexpose, don't overdevelop.")

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  • They should not be allowed to capitulate to one couple's desire to overdevelop their property and enrich themselves at all of our expenses.

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  • With our current unhappiness, the extension of credit was not used to overdevelop the market (as in the S&L crisis); instead it was used to pay higher prices on existing property. Home Page


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