overheat

overheat
[[t]o͟ʊvə(r)hi͟ːt[/t]]
overheats, overheating, overheated
1) V-ERG If something overheats or if you overheat it, it becomes hotter than is necessary or desirable.

The engine was overheating and the car was not handling well...

[V n] Why do we pay to overheat pubs and hotels?

Derived words:
overheated ADJ-GRADED

...that stuffy, overheated apartment.

2) V-ERG If a country's economy overheats or if conditions overheat it, it grows so rapidly that inflation and interest rates rise very quickly.

The private sector is increasing its spending so sharply that the economy is overheating...

[V n] Their prime consideration has been not to overheat the economy.

Derived words:
overheated ADJ-GRADED

...the disastrous consequences of an overheated market.


English dictionary. 2008.

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