from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having read too much.
  • To read over; peruse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To read over, or peruse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb rare To interpret something to a greater degree, or in a more positive way, than appropriate.


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From over- +‎ read.


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  • They were going to be humble, they wouldn't overread their mandate, they wouldn't go for draconian cuts in services that weren't defensible once they had to be explained.

    Wonkbook: Tea Party wins their first budget fight Ezra Klein 2011

  • Like Mimi said, an overread introvert. tallulah Said,

    Janie’s Got A Gun | Her Bad Mother 2009

  • We freak out about everything, because it is n the nature of overread introverts to, well * read** into* everything.

    Janie’s Got A Gun | Her Bad Mother 2009

  • One wonders whether Governor Scott Walker overread anti-public employee sentiment and whether his overreach might end up turning public employees into -- gasp!

    The conversation is no longer about Wisconsin's finances 2011

  • Key takeaway: Presuming Dems take a shellacking this fall, there will be some voices within the party that will use this to insist that they were right in warning Obama and Dems not to overread their mandate and to avoid embracing an agenda that was "too liberal" and "too ambitious."

    The Morning Plum 2010

  • I also think folks greatly overread Obama's alleged electability based on the enthusiasm of his supporters.

    Your Right Hand Thief 2008

  • The Dem shellacking simply must mean that Obama overread his mandate and undertook an agenda that was too partisan, too ambitious, and -- worst of all -- too liberal.

    The coming war among Dems 2010

  • (I don't want to sound superior though; I'm a poll crack addict, but I still try to note them and then try not to overread their importance),

    USAToday Offers Detailed Portrait Of Attitudes Towards Presidential Candidates 2009

  • On the one hand, she addresses his critiques of representation directly and succinctly (it is very easy to overread Deleuze).

    GreenCine Daily: Shorts, 5/16. 2007

  • Going on during this time, also, was a second medical issue, that of my polycystic ovarian syndome, a profound hormonal disorder that had left me with uterine polyps and dysplasia that had once been labeled cancer, though that path report was overread as non-cancerous by someone from Johns Hopkins.



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