Overdo vs Overbear - What's the difference?

overdo | overbear |


As verbs the difference between overdo and overbear

is that overdo is to do too much; to exceed what is proper or true in doing; to exaggerate; to carry too far while overbear is (obsolete|transitive) to carry over.

overdo

English

Verb

  • To do too much; to exceed what is proper or true in doing; to exaggerate; to carry too far.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing.
  • To overtask or overtax; to fatigue; to exhaust.
  • to overdo one's strength
  • To surpass; to excel.
  • (Tennyson)
  • To cook too much.
  • to overdo the meat

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    overbear

    English

    Verb

  • (obsolete) To carry over.
  • To push through by physical weight or strength; to overwhelm, overcome.
  • * c. 1390 , (Geoffrey Chaucer), ‘The Wife of Bath's Tale’, , Penguin Classics, p. 287:
  • I attacked first and they were overborne , / Glad to apologize and even suing / Pardon for what they'd never thought of doing.
  • To prevail over; to dominate, overpower; to oppress.
  • *1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , V.11:
  • *:It often fals, in course of common life, / That right long time is overborne of wrong […].
  • To produce an overabundance of fruit.
  • English irregular verbs