Definition of overachieve in English:



  • 1 Do better than is expected, especially in schoolwork.

    ‘David continued to overachieve all through high school’
    • ‘The Cardinals have overachieved to get here and if they get to even 7-9, that will be even more of a feat.’
    • ‘Credit should be given to the players who continue to overachieve when managerial changes and boardroom struggles would have ripped apart most teams.’
    • ‘After overachieving for most of last season, the Jazz stumbled down the stretch.’
    • ‘It's a mistake at this point to confuse ‘inexperienced’ with ‘inept’ - although I hope that Stephen is right and that Cameron has been overachieving.’
    • ‘In my mind, Van Gundy has overachieved since day one.’
    • ‘For any of the following to succeed, their team must overachieve and get to the latter stages.’
    • ‘We constantly overachieve, and the fact that we've won two Grand Slams in living memory isn't indicative of the strength in our game, but of the wonderful job our national coaches have done.’
    • ‘That victory made the Patriots a nice story as the underdogs that overachieved and miraculously had their dreams come true.’
    • ‘There, she explains, she found friends who had not overachieved in class nor aspired to elected office.’
    • ‘‘His team overachieved more than any team in the league,’ Stotts says.’
    • ‘The next night, he said his players had overachieved in many ways this season.’
    • ‘The Sharks overachieved in a lot of people's estimation.’
    • ‘All of his teams overachieved because Herbie understood how to get the best out of each player and make him part of a team.’
    • ‘As he overachieved in one arena after another, he surprised us all.’
    • ‘It has helped build togetherness in a unit that has overachieved.’
    • ‘On the other hand, with solidarity, as Wimbledon showed in the 1980s, a team can overachieve.’
    • ‘The Danes often overachieve in tournaments and another quarter-final beckons.’
    • ‘The defense, where many players are working for the NFL's minimum wage, has overachieved.’
    • ‘The leader of an ordinary bunch of footballers who overachieved at the World Cup should have made his exit after the summer extravaganza.’
    • ‘Sweden overachieved in Japan and Korea, winning the ‘group of death’ almost through sheer stubbornness, but their methodical approach is not the sort to bring tournament success.’
    1. 1.1Be excessively dedicated to achieving success in one's work.
      ‘overachieving geeks’
      • ‘Those groups who overachieve are seen in this theory as oppressors who must be curbed, if not eliminated.’