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Definition of "overheat" []

  • To heat too much. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to become excited, agitated, or overstimulated. (verb-transitive)
  • To become too hot or very excited. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "overheat" in a sentence
  • "As Singapore's prime minister recently pointed out, if foreign workers are not allowed in, the economy will "overheat" - when productive capacity is unable to keep pace with growing demand and growth occurs at an unsustainable rate."
  • "The economy that is growing quickly would tend to "overheat"-an economic phenomenon characterized by accelerated growth, inflation and the potential for asset bubbles."
  • "There was an "overheat" warning in the No. 2 engine, followed by a "fire" warning."