verb (used with object), o·ver·drove, o·ver·driv·en, o·ver·driv·ing.

  1. to push or carry to excess; overwork.
  2. to drive too hard.


  1. Machinery, Automotive. a device containing a gear set at such ratio and arrangement as to provide a drive shaft speed greater than the engine crankshaft speed.
  2. Informal. an intense state of activity or productivity: The political campaign has shifted into overdrive.

noun (ˈəʊvəˌdraɪv)

  1. a very high gear in a motor vehicle used at high speeds to reduce wear and save fuel
  2. in overdrive in a state of intense activity
  3. into overdrive into a state of intense activity

verb (ˌəʊvəˈdraɪv) -drives, -driving, -drove or -driven

  1. (tr) to drive too hard or too far; overwork or overuse

n.“speed-increasing gear in an automobile,” 1929, from over- + drive (n.).

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