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

  • intransitive verb To spend more than is prudent or necessary.
  • intransitive verb To spend in excess of.
  • intransitive verb To tire out; exhaust.

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

  • verb To spend too much money; especially, to spend more than one earns.
  • noun the amount by which someone or something is overspent

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb spend more than available of (a budget)
  • verb spend at a high rate


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  • The defence secretary is facing twin demands from the Treasury: to cut over 10 years a £38bn "overspend" left by Labour and then to introduce cuts of at least 10% in his budget over the next spending period from 2011-14.

    Cameron caves in to Fox on defence spending after leaking of letter

  • The MoD will also have to address a £38bn "overspend" in its budget over the next 10 years.

    David Cameron to delay Trident replacement

  • The "overspend" on the nGMS contract has occurred in all four countries of the UK.

    GP contracts

  • It will face an effective cut of a further 9.5% as it deals with a £38bn "overspend" over the next 10 years in its procurement budget inherited from Labour.

    The Guardian World News

  • Extracting "overspend" data from a database of purchase orders, or overfill data from a production system, to find and reduce waste in the organization

    The Gadgeteer

  • However, choosing to focus on that while casting a blind eye upon the current administration who is redefining the word "overspend" just because of ideology, does not do anyone any good. on 05/16/2009, -3/+12Lets see:

    Original Signal - Transmitting Digg

  • There are two things here - first, they "overspend" and Treasury increases taxes.

    The visible hand in economics

  • A government can "overspend" by spending more than it has, and can close that gap by raising taxes.

    The Oregon Catalyst

  • Commenting on the government 'overspend' and the pay for performance system known as the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), Dr Buckman said:

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • Sometimes you can overspend for the wrong assets and you end up shorter in the long run.

    Stan Kroenke of Arsenal says American owners are good for the game


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