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English definition of “overdo”

overdo

verb [T]     /ˌəʊ.vəˈduː/ US  /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (overdid, overdone)
C1 to do something in a way that is too extreme: After a heart attack you have to be careful not to overdo it/things (= you have to work and live calmly).Exaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding
(Definition of overdo verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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