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

  • transitive verb To use to excess.
  • noun Excessive use.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • transitive verb To use excessively; to use too often.
  • noun Excessive use.

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

  • verb To use too much
  • noun excessive use

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

  • noun exploitation to the point of diminishing returns
  • verb make use of too often or too extensively


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