Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To fish (a body of water) to such a degree as to deplete or exhaust the supply of fish or shellfish.
  • intransitive verb To deplete or exhaust (a stock of fish or shellfish) by excessive fishing.
  • intransitive verb To overfish a body of water.
  • intransitive verb To overfish a stock of fish or shellfish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fish too much or to excess; fish so as unduly to diminish the stock or supply of: as, to over-fish a pond.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To fish to excess.
  • transitive verb To fish so much that the numbers of fish remaining are substantially reduced.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To fish excessively.
  • verb To fish in excess so as to substantially reduce over several years the supply of one or more species of fish in an area.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

over- +‎ fish

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