Definition of overbuild in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Put up too many buildings in (an area)

    ‘investors overbuilt the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts’
    • ‘Stop whining because you've overbuilt in a drought-stricken area for sixty years.’
    • ‘On the flip side, the report calls Houston, Denver, Phoenix, Atlanta and Dallas to the carpet for a repeat pattern of overbuilding flat, sprawling topographies.’
    • ‘In the case of installing temporary practices next to an already-developed site, he likes to overbuild.’
    • ‘Paris is perhaps the opposite, betraying little of this tendency to overbuild - although traveling the periphérique outside the city center does, like so many cities, offer considerable evidence to the contrary.’
    1. 1.1 Build (something) elaborately or to a very high standard, especially unnecessarily.
      ‘overbuilding something will always be safer than taking shortcuts’
  • 2often as noun overbuildingBuild on top of.

    ‘the preservation of the medieval field pattern by direct overbuilding’
    • ‘Meanwhile, critics charge that the real causes of the floods are government efforts to funnel rivers through narrow channels and overbuilding on flood plains.’