Definition of overuse in English:

overuse

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Use too much.

    ‘young children sometimes overuse ‘and’ in their writing’
    • ‘Now they are proposing to change the goal posts because their customers are overusing the products.’
    • ‘I wonder why she overuses the Smiley Face thing, but figure she is in prison and it probably makes her happy to see a smile, even if it is just a flat one drawn on paper.’
    • ‘This sort of artistic dilettantism helps to prevent any single endeavor from becoming stagnant - one imagines the butcher who keeps all of his knives sharp by not overusing any single one.’
    • ‘I didn't want to be one of those gushing fans that waxes poetic and overuses the words ‘cool’ and ‘awesome.’’
    • ‘We know that some people do refrain from overusing nonrenewable resources, from forests and fish to less tangible resources such as clean air and physical space.’
    • ‘So I guess I'll just have to go on overusing my contact lenses.’
    • ‘Training is a process of overusing a tissue, causing it to break down, and then a rebuilding of the muscle as a reaction.’
    • ‘This was our phrase for overusing the intellect to the detriment of being open to the spirit.’
    • ‘I disagree with the conclusion we're overusing the Reserves.’
    • ‘This indicates roughly how many pages you can print per month without overusing the device and reducing its useful life.’
    • ‘People are overusing the amount of water that the area can sustain.’
    • ‘His fastball has little movement, and he overuses his slider.’
    • ‘I want to know what checks there are in place to make sure people are not abusing or overusing those phones.’
    • ‘He's fleet but overuses the pivot move that crafty, slower kids employ to get to the final rounds of British Bulldog, so I caught on to his tricks.’
    • ‘He overuses the words ‘brilliant,’ ‘overlapping,’ and ‘long cut,’ but doles out enough nuggets to keep it interesting.’
    • ‘Humanity is overusing the Earth's resources by 20 per cent and by current trends, would need two planet Earth's by 2050 to live sustainably.’
    • ‘I was overusing my supply of quick and easy recipes to the point that my kids would groan when I told them we were having tacos one more time!’
    • ‘Bill is a successful writer, who overuses the word ‘wonderful,’ and who tells stories in short phrases, as though he were a telegram.’
    • ‘Such a limit ‘defines how large a species population can become before it overuses the resources available in the ecosystem’.’
    • ‘What are people really doing when they're overusing magic?’
    hackneyed, overworked, worn out, time-worn, worn, tired, played out, stereotyped, clichéd, threadbare, stale, trite, banal, stock, hack, unoriginal, derivative, platitudinous
    hacky
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noun

  • [mass noun] Excessive use.

    ‘overuse of natural resources’
    • ‘Their value has already been compromised by the development of resistance through overuse.’
    • ‘Intellectual works cannot be worn out by overuse, so the tragedy of the commons through overuse cannot occur in this field.’
    • ‘Antibiotic overuse has been responsible for the development of bacteria that resist eradication.’
    • ‘Strong private-property rights helped to avoid the tragedies of both overuse and underinvestment.’
    • ‘His simple white shirt was full of holes from overuse.’
    • ‘Sending e-mail with a carbon copy to the whole project team is temptingly easy, but beware of its overuse.’
    • ‘Other problems concern overuse and pollution of ground water and the loss of wetlands.’
    • ‘Certainly you are correct that overuse of antibiotics can breed resistant strains.’
    • ‘By the way, can I draw everyone's attention to my overuse of parentheses in the last paragraph?’
    • ‘Increased levels of activity or exercise may indicate a musculoskeletal injury caused by overuse.’
    • ‘And cellular carriers can insert fine print into their contracts to prevent network overuse.’
    • ‘The authors also question whether it is the best way to address overuse of the system.’
    • ‘There's no problem of overuse or overgrazing or overfishing an idea.’
    • ‘While such technological interventions can sometimes be lifesaving, their routine overuse often generates problems.’
    • ‘It also can detect questionable overuse, underuse, or misuse of procedures.’
    • ‘We have tried to reinfuse words like freedom and rights with the power they once had, but they have become too degraded by overuse.’
    • ‘For example, my personal offenses against prose include overuse of the phrases; however, for example, and actually.’
    • ‘The million-dollar equipment is ragged, pushed to the edge from overuse.’
    • ‘Chronic overuse can result in irritability and psychosis.’
    • ‘Morals give love of God content; in our time ‘love’ has been emptied of content through overuse and misuse.’

Pronunciation:

overuse

/əʊvəˈjuːs/