Definition of overdevelop in English:



[with object]
  • 1Develop too much or to excess.

    ‘cycling may overdevelop the calf muscles’
    • ‘Of course, the former are never referred to as overdeveloped, for to do so would indicate a negative connotation.’
    • ‘I cannot tell the difference, and I am mightily suspicious of those who claim they can, believing that such overdeveloped taste buds must be having a depleting, detrimental effect to some other bodily function.’
    • ‘If they are judged unacceptable and overdeveloped, he will only have himself to blame.’
    • ‘You can actually overdevelop your six-pack, neglecting important underlying muscles and contributing to low-back pain.’
    • ‘We may need to expand to do this, but we do not want to overdevelop North Yorkshire and ruin what is such a beautiful county.’
    • ‘It touched me deeply to find such a teeming manifestation of indigenous life in a landscape so mercilessly overdeveloped.’
    • ‘They have overdeveloped the area so there is already excessive competition for spaces.’
    • ‘In practise, this merely meant that I clung tightly to my jungle guide, and wondered for ages whether I had an overdeveloped right thigh muscle.’
    • ‘If you're approaching Italy from the elegantly manicured and often overdeveloped French Riviera, then Liguria comes as a delightful surprise.’
    • ‘One city becomes overdeveloped while the rest of the nation comparatively lies fallow.’
    • ‘You've only to look at the selfless behaviour of those assembled in the political arena just along the road to see that New Zealanders have a highly overdeveloped sense of fair play.’
    • ‘The reason those proteins are there is that as the fetus develops, it keeps the brain from overdeveloping, and if the brain overdevelops it would develop tumors.’
    • ‘Too many pushups, for instance, can overdevelop the chest muscles and force your swing off-line.’
    • ‘We should not allow the county to be overdeveloped unless we are about to keep pace with the developments.’
    • ‘Autopsies have shown the brain of the neurotypical is typically smaller than that of an autistic individual and may have overdeveloped areas related to social behavior.’
    • ‘The plans had been previously deferred by members who thought the scheme would overdevelop the area.’
    • ‘This is often related to the occurrence of excess fat or, less frequently, overdeveloped muscles.’
    • ‘The housing has to be sympathetic and in character and it must not be overdeveloped.’
    • ‘If the Government insists on proceeding with the proposed National Stadium it should not be sited in already overdeveloped and gridlocked Dublin.’
    • ‘But at the same time I guess I have this perhaps overdeveloped sense of what's proper, which constrains me somewhat.’
    1. 1.1Photography Treat with developer for too long.
      ‘you can overdevelop the film to make up for underexposure’
      • ‘It is not possible to overdevelop, and it is important to completely develop the remaining silver halide.’
      • ‘The effect is to keep the high values of the negative from being overdeveloped, hence unprintable, by reducing them before development.’