Definition of overheat in US English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘If the car stops because it overheats at the slow speeds, does the driver go to the rear of the grid on Sunday?’
    • ‘Don't leave perishable food items to overheat in the boot of your car while you do other shopping.’
    • ‘After his engine had overheated, he had parked the bike at a nearby liquor store.’
    • ‘This meant a quick pit visit to clear the radiator ducts of grass as the car started to overheat.’
    • ‘Two million cars overheat daily in smog-choked traffic jams on the ever-increasing suite of 12-lane ringroads.’
    • ‘Cars overheated and ran out of gas, making matters worse.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eventually, we foreign idiots were able to decipher that the car was overheating.’
    • ‘If this happens the coolant won't be able to circulate around the engine and hence, the engine overheats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If they get trapped in these pools as the tide goes out, they can be dangerously overheated.’
    • ‘I was in and out of sleep and didn't realize it either until his car overheated and blew the radiator cap.’
    • ‘You would know your car is overheating when steam starts to billow from your engine compartment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both children and pets can overheat quickly and should never be left in a car unattended, he said.’
    • ‘My car decided to overheat intermittently, the iPod started to skip, and my phone decided it wouldn't recognise its SIM card.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Make too excited.
      ‘we don't want wild stories circulating, they only overheat things’
      • ‘I kind of stumbled across these messages, but I still thought it was just my own overheated imagination making all these connections.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The result, McGinn sympathetically explains, is the cooling of an overheated imagination.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Paranoia and overheated rhetoric came from all sides.’
  • 2no object (of a country's economy) show marked inflation when increased demand results in rising prices rather than increased output.

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