overworks, overworking, overworked
If you overwork or if someone overworks you, you work too hard, and are likely to become very tired or ill.

He's overworking and has got a lot on his mind...

[V n] He overworks and underpays the poor clerk whom he employs.

Derived words:
overworked ADJ-GRADED

...an overworked doctor.

Overwork is also a noun.

He died of a heart attack brought on by overwork.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • overwork — o‧ver‧work [ˌəʊvəˈwɜːk ǁ ˌoʊvərˈwɜːrk] noun [uncountable] when someone works too much or too hard: • What kinds of health problems accompany the stress from overwork? overworked adjective : • Workers here feel underpaid and overworked. * * * Ⅰ.… …   Financial and business terms

  • overwork — [ō΄vər wʉrk′, ō′vər wʉrk΄] vt. 1. to work or use to excess [to overwork a horse; to overwork an excuse] 2. to decorate the surface of 3. to make very excited or nervous vi. to work too hard or too long n. 1. work that is severe or burdensome 2 …   English World dictionary

  • Overwork — O ver*work , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overworked}or {Overwrought}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overworking}.] 1. To work beyond the strength; to cause to labor too much or too long; to tire excessively; as, to overwork a horse. [1913 Webster] 2. To fill too… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Overwork — O ver*work , n. Work in excess of the usual or stipulated time or quantity; extra work; also, excessive labor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Overwork — O ver*work , v. i. To work too much, or beyond one s strength. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overwork — index exploit (take advantage of), harass, misemploy, mistreat, overload, persecute Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burt …   Law dictionary

  • overwork — (v.) to cause to work too hard, 1520s, from OVER (Cf. over) + WORK (Cf. work) (v.). O.E. oferwiercan meant to work all over, i.e. to decorate the whole surface of. Related: Overworked; overworking …   Etymology dictionary

  • overwork — ► VERB 1) work or cause to work too hard. 2) use (a word or idea) too much and so make it weaker in effect. ► NOUN ▪ excessive work …   English terms dictionary

  • overwork — Date: 1530 transitive verb 1. to cause to work too hard, too long, or to exhaustion < overworked the horses > 2. a. to work too much on < overwork bread dough > b. to make excessive use of < overworked tunes > in …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • overwork — v. /oh veuhr werrk /; n. /oh veuhr werrk /, v.t. 1. to cause to work too hard, too much, or too long; weary or exhaust with work (often used reflexively): Don t overwork yourself on that new job. 2. to work up, stir up, or excite excessively: to… …   Universalium

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