Definition of overheat in English:

overheat

verb

  • 1Make or become too hot.

    [no object] ‘her car started to overheat’
    [with object] ‘it's vital not to overheat the liquid’
    • ‘It was feared the gas contents could overheat and destroy the car workshop.’
    • ‘Eventually, we foreign idiots were able to decipher that the car was overheating.’
    • ‘We raised our eyebrows at each other, and gave sympathetic smiles to those who were stuck at the side of the road because their car had overheated.’
    • ‘This meant a quick pit visit to clear the radiator ducts of grass as the car started to overheat.’
    • ‘Cars overheated and ran out of gas, making matters worse.’
    • ‘Don't leave perishable food items to overheat in the boot of your car while you do other shopping.’
    • ‘My car decided to overheat intermittently, the iPod started to skip, and my phone decided it wouldn't recognise its SIM card.’
    • ‘I was in and out of sleep and didn't realize it either until his car overheated and blew the radiator cap.’
    • ‘If they get trapped in these pools as the tide goes out, they can be dangerously overheated.’
    • ‘This was my first hint that the car was overheating.’
    • ‘Without an efficient cooling system, your Toyota car is bound to overheat and to perform poorly.’
    • ‘You would know your car is overheating when steam starts to billow from your engine compartment.’
    • ‘Two million cars overheat daily in smog-choked traffic jams on the ever-increasing suite of 12-lane ringroads.’
    • ‘If this happens the coolant won't be able to circulate around the engine and hence, the engine overheats.’
    • ‘The reason I bring this up in the context of traffic jams is because I got caught on the edge of the battle when my driver's car broke down after he forgot to put coolant in the car and it overheated.’
    • ‘It later transpired her three-year-old son had used the cassette slot as a piggybank and jammed and overheated the mechanism with 26 coins’
    • ‘If the car stops because it overheats at the slow speeds, does the driver go to the rear of the grid on Sunday?’
    • ‘After his engine had overheated, he had parked the bike at a nearby liquor store.’
    • ‘Both children and pets can overheat quickly and should never be left in a car unattended, he said.’
    • ‘It wasn't a $2 part that stopped Craig Lowndes in this year's race, but a plastic bag sucked into the radiator intake which overheated the engine.’
    1. 1.1Make or become too excited.
      ‘his overheated imagination’
      • ‘The result, McGinn sympathetically explains, is the cooling of an overheated imagination.’
      • ‘It's the last real upset of the day and the only thing that was overheating was the imagination of the person who reported it.’
      • ‘Such ‘unitarianism of the Spirit’ is no figment of some overheated Roman imagination.’
      • ‘We will hear the result soon, amidst the usual overheated rhetoric of slippery slopes and miracle recoveries.’
      • ‘I kind of stumbled across these messages, but I still thought it was just my own overheated imagination making all these connections.’
      • ‘Paranoia and overheated rhetoric came from all sides.’
  • 2[no object] (of a country's economy) show marked inflation when increased demand results in rising prices rather than increased output.

    ‘in 1987 the Treasury had allowed the economy to overheat’
    • ‘An added worry is that several sectors of China's economy may be overheating and this could presage higher wholesale and retail prices over the year to come.’
    • ‘The tax cuts planned for Tuesday's budget are certain to send an already overheated economy to boiling point.’
    • ‘How fast must the Federal Reserve raise interest rates to assure that demand doesn't overheat, allowing rising costs to pass through into faster consumer inflation?’
    • ‘The stock market exploded and the economy turned from strong to dangerously overheated.’
    • ‘Despite spots of tempering demand, global growth is accelerating and the US economy remains desperately overheated.’
    • ‘The IMF is worried China's economy could overheat and generate a troubling inflation that would raise the risk of an economic crash.’
    • ‘If the economy was truly overheating, what else could the Fed have done but try to slow things down?’
    • ‘A prolonged increase in government spending over several years could also lead to overheating if the US economy recovers quickly next year.’
    • ‘Is the economy overheating or heading for a nasty fall?’
    • ‘Corrections may well be more painful if Asian economies overheat and American consumers keep overspending.’
    • ‘If they stay too low, the economy would overheat.’
    • ‘Normally, as the economy overheats inflation begins to take hold.’
    • ‘However, rapid export and investment demand have led to concerns that the economy could overheat.’
    • ‘The Fed raises rates if it thinks the economy is overheating, causing prices to rise.’
    • ‘For one, with the U.S. economy desperately overheated and imbalanced, another big shot of credit-induced liquidity was precisely what was not needed.’
    • ‘But rapid exports and investment demand have led to concerns that the Chinese economy could overheat.’
    • ‘First, the increasingly maligned US economy is desperately overheated, with inflationary pressures greater today than they have been in many years.’
    • ‘First, there is less danger that the U.S. economy can overheat when much of domestic demand can be satisfied by foreign production capacity.’
    • ‘We continue to believe that interest rates will head higher as a desperately overheated economy fuels unprecedented borrowing demands.’
    • ‘The economy overheats and stock prices diverge wildly from any semblance of reasonable valuation.’

Pronunciation:

overheat

/əʊvəˈhiːt/