Definition of overdraw in English:


verboverdrew, overdrawn

[with object]
  • 1Draw money from (one's bank account) in excess of what the account holds.

    ‘you only pay interest if your account is overdrawn’
    • ‘A friend overdraws her checking account because she thought there was more money in it.’
    • ‘If you overdraw your account, deposit money as soon as possible to avoid additional overdrafts and fees.’
    • ‘It also gives a warning if you overdraw your account.’
    • ‘The department's bank account was overdrawn by R40m, which is a gross violation of Treasury regulations.’
    • ‘When something bad happens - your boss chews you out or you discover your bank account is overdrawn again - you may need to take time to step back from the situation.’
    • ‘They also tend to snowball so that people can end up being charged more than £100 by the time they realise their account is overdrawn - and that's on top of the interest.’
    • ‘We are now overdrawn on our bank account and it has put us in financially difficulty, not to mention all the stress and worry it has caused.’
    • ‘To avoid paying surcharge interest and irregular account charges, never allow your account to be overdrawn without making arrangements with your branch in advance.’
    • ‘Think of it like a bank account which has been overdrawn.’
    • ‘He said as many as 4,000 people manipulated the system to overdraw their bank accounts by at least $1,000.’
    • ‘We are now overdrawn in our bank account because we are living on such a tight budget and rely on the tax credits.’
    • ‘At its most extreme, the practice leaves victims in the nightmarish situation of having their bank accounts overdrawn by many thousands of pounds without their knowledge.’
    • ‘If the account is overdrawn, the bank's claim against A is reduced, or A obtains a debt claim against the bank.’
    • ‘But the New York University student's holiday mood soured a few days later when he received a notice from Pittsburgh's PNC Bank that he had overdrawn the funds in his checking account.’
    • ‘His personal bank account was £21,000 overdrawn and over the agreed limit.’
    • ‘I have no money after barely managing to scrape the rent together last Friday, and my bank account is woefully overdrawn.’
    • ‘If the account is overdrawn, the bank becomes the creditor and the customer the debtor.’
    • ‘You are in danger of overdrawing your checking account.’
    • ‘It so happens that there are no sums at present in hand, but on the contrary the sum of £890 is overdrawn at the bank.’
    • ‘She also knew that she did not have the bank's authority to issue cheques when her account was overdrawn.’
    overdrawn, in debt, in debit, in deficit, owing money, in arrears, showing a loss
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    1. 1.1be overdrawn (of a person) have taken money out of an account in excess of what it holds.
      ‘I'm already overdrawn this month’
      • ‘I look at it about once a month, when I get a statement, just to see if I'm overdrawn.’
      • ‘The average account customer is overdrawn for 80 days in every year, so it affects a lot of people.’
      • ‘Check with your provider if you know you will be overdrawn - it could save you money.’
      • ‘Getting too little sleep creates a ‘sleep debt,’ which is much like being overdrawn at a bank.’
      • ‘I would have to help my father out with that couple thousand dollars when he was overdrawn at the bank.’
      • ‘For customers who are overdrawn, each withdrawal is charged at €0.23 with no minimum fee applied.’
      • ‘Today you're even more stressed because you're overdrawn and have to make a deposit by noon or your bank will bounce your mortgage payment.’
  • 2Exaggerate in describing or depicting (someone or something)

    ‘some of the characters were overdrawn’
    • ‘The extent of this schizophrenia should not be overdrawn, but the potential existed for conflicting positions to reify.’
    • ‘Its emphasis on the self-regulating and potentially liberating character of traditional law is often overdrawn.’
    • ‘While the battle prose is excellent, the language describing noncombat scenes is sometimes tortured and overdrawn.’
    • ‘The contrast between institution and occupation is easy to overdraw, of course.’
    • ‘This contrast seems overdrawn in both directions.’
    • ‘The coincidental use of the same comparison is as amusing as it is overdrawn.’
    • ‘Historical fiction runs the risk of degenerating into joining the dots of known facts with overdrawn, sentimentalised characters.’
    • ‘It would be a mistake, however, to overdraw the distinctions I have made here, for to do so would only conceal the blurriness of this birth control clinic world.’
    • ‘I had been contacted by Mr. Mailander with some of these suspicions a few days previously, and had responded then that I thought some of them were overdrawn.’
    • ‘Once again, one must be careful not to overdraw the argument.’
    • ‘The ‘negative’ characters in the film are somewhat overdrawn.’
    • ‘Are those sorts of games significant, or do you think that they're overdrawn by media commentators?’
    • ‘The characters are overdrawn to the point where they're just not real, and they really go nowhere.’
    • ‘Critics have argued that the work's thesis regarding the advent of the totally administered society is overdrawn.’
    overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate
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