Meaning of “overshoot” in the English Dictionary

"overshoot" in British English

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(Definition of “overshoot” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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overshootverb [ T ]

us /ˌoʊ·vərˈʃut/ past tense and past participle overshot /ˌoʊ·vərˈʃɑt/

to go past or beyond a limit or stopping place:

The plane overshot the runway and wound up in a cornfield.

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"overshoot" in Business English

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overshootverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˌəʊvəˈʃuːt/ us overshot, overshot

to go further or do more than necessary or expected:

They didn't want to overshoot by laying off huge numbers of people and having to hire them back.

FINANCE to spend more money than originally planned:

Government spending continues to overshoot.
overshoot (sth) by 10%/$10 million, etc. We overshot our budget this quarter by 12%.


overshootnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈəʊvəˌʃuːt/ us

FINANCE the act of spending more than originally planned, or the extra amount spent:

This projected overshoot is the biggest in any inflation report in the past three years.

(Definition of “overshoot” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)