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English definition of “overheat”

overheat

verb uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈhiːt/ us    /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/

overheat verb (TEMPERATURE)

[I or T] to (cause to) become hotter than necessary or wanted: I think the engine is overheating. It isn't healthy to overheat your house.Hot and heatSultriness and humidity

overheat verb (ECONOMY)

[I] If an economy overheats, it grows very quickly, so that prices, etc. increase quickly.Value and price increases
(Definition of overheat from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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