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

  • transitive v. To go beyond (a limit); exceed: overstepped the bounds of taste.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To go too far beyond (a limit); especially, to cross boundaries or exceed norms or conventions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To step over or beyond; to transgress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To step over or beyond; exceed.

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

  • v. pass beyond (limits or boundaries)
  • v. be superior or better than some standard


over- + step (Wiktionary)



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