v. /oh'veuhr yoohz"/; n. /oh"veuhr yoohs"/, v., overused, overusing, n.
1. to use too much or too often: to overuse an expression.
2. excessive use: to strain one's voice through overuse.
[1670-80; OVER- + USE]

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