verb (used with object), o·ver·stepped, o·ver·step·ping.
- to go beyond; exceed: to overstep one’s authority.
verb -steps, -stepping or -stepped
- (tr) to go beyond (a certain or proper limit)
v.Old English ofersteppan “to step over or beyond, cross, exceed;” see over- + step (v.). From the beginning used in figurative senses. Related: Overstepped; overstepping.