Overdo vs Overgo - What's the difference?

overdo | overgo |

As verbs the difference between overdo and overgo

is that overdo is to do too much; to exceed what is proper or true in doing; to exaggerate; to carry too far while overgo is .

As a noun overgo is

(genetics) a sequence of overlapping oligonucleotides, used to design hybridization.

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  • 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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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) overgon, from (etyl) .


  • (obsolete) To pass (a figurative barrier); to transgress.
  • *1882 , John Payne, trans., The Thousand Nights and One Night , vol 3:
  • *:How many an one in its vanities hath gloried and taken pride, / Till froward and arrogant thus he grew and did all bounds o'ergo !
  • *1818 , John Keats, Endymion , II:
  • *:He did not rave, he did not stare aghast, / For all those visions were o'ergone , and past [...].
  • To spread across (something); to overrun.
  • To go over, move over the top of, travel across the surface of; to traverse, travel through.
  • *1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.iii:
  • *:forward rode, and kept her readie way / Along the strond, which as she ouer-went , / She saw bestrowed all with rich aray / Of pearles and pretious stones of great assay [...].
  • *1625 , Francis Bacon, The Praise of Knowledge :
  • *:The fixed stars overgo Saturn, and so in them and all the rest, all is but one motion, and the nearer the earth the slower – a motion also whereof air and water do participate, though much interrupted.
  • To go beyond; to exceed, surpass.
  • *1597 , William Shakespeare, Richard III , II.2:
  • *:O, what cause have I, / Thine being but a moiety of my grief, / To overgo thy plaints and drown thy cries!
  • *1992 , Domna C Stanton, Discourses of Sexuality , p. 177:
  • *:He seeks to persuade the queen not merely to emulate the Amazons' vigilant territoriality but to overgo them by emulating the Spaniards' rampant invasiveness.
  • To get the better of; to overcome, overpower.
  • *1594 , Christopher Marlowe, Dido, Queen of Carthage , Act I:
  • *:Both barking Scylla, and the sounding rocks, / The Cyclops' shelves, and grim Ceraunia's seat, / Have you o'ergone , and yet remain alive.
  • (obsolete) To overtake, go faster than.
  • *1598 , George Chapman, trans. Homer, Iliad , book VI:
  • *:If it chance, that we be overgone / By his more swiftness, urge him still to run upon our fleet, / And (lest he 'scape us to the town) still let thy javelin meet / With all his offers of retreat.
  • Etymology 2



  • (genetics) A sequence of overlapping oligonucleotides, used to design hybridization.
  • *1999 , Birren & Green, Genome Analysis , p. 207:
  • *:Mixtures of such specific "overgo " probes can be used to screen arrayed library filters by DNA-DNA hybridization [...].
  • *2004 , Detrich, Westerfield & Zon, The Zebrafish: Genetics, Genomics and Informatics , p. 318:
  • *:Hybridization of multiple overgoes produces many clones, perhaps 40 clones at a time.
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