Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To use to excess.
  • n. Excessive use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To use too much
  • n. excessive use

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To use excessively; to use too often.
  • n. Excessive use.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To use to excess; use too much or too frequently.
  • n. Too much or too frequent use.

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

  • n. exploitation to the point of diminishing returns
  • v. make use of too often or too extensively

Etymologies

Over- +‎ use (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • After receiving more than 360 complaints that long-term overuse of the popular denture cream Fixodent caused serious nerve damage, the

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  • The FDA has called the overuse of antibiotics in food animals "a serious public health threat," linking it to the emergence of super-scary superbugs like MRSA.

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  • It's a metaphor too good not to overuse, which is why everything from insurance companies to arctic icebreakers have incorporated the word Sampo in their names.

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  • For example, we might say that a machine has broken down due to overuse, which is a relational property.

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  • GUPTA: Her ground strokes, well, they are improving but her joints are suffering from something called overuse injuries.

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  • But her joints are suffering from something called overuse injuries.

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  • "However, one of the effects of long-term overuse of alcohol is considerable weight loss and muscle wastage, which are recognised consequences of the way alcohol damages the body.

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  • Easing chest pain in these patients isn't a bad thing, so misunderstanding the benefits of stents wouldn't technically be called overuse, he said.

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  • The Dartmouth Atlas that measures regional variation in the supposed "overuse" of care ranks the state near the U.S. middle.

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  • However, what I find even more troubling is citing the "overuse" by certain Germans of "Helden" (heroes) during World War I to "ennoble German militarism," as being germane to the discussion of our American heroes.

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