AskDefine | Define overstep

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1 pass beyond (limits or boundaries) [syn: transgress, trespass]
2 go beyond; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year" [syn: exceed, transcend, pass, go past, top] [also: overstepping, overstepped]

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over- + step


  • (RP): /ˌəʊvəˈstɛp/, /%@Uv@"stEp/
  • (US): ō'vəstĕpʹ, /ˌoʊvɚˈstɛp/, /%oUv@`"stEp/
  • Rhymes: -ɛp


  1. To go too far beyond (a limit); especially, to cross boundaries or exceed norms or conventions.
    That color scheme really oversteps the bounds of good taste.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abuse a privilege, advance upon, bother, break bounds, encroach, encroach upon, exaggerate, exceed, go beyond, go too far, impose on, impose upon, inconvenience, infringe, intrude, invade, irrupt, know no bounds, make an inroad, make free with, obtrude upon, outstep, overdo, overgo, overjump, overleap, overpass, overreach, overrun, overshoot, overshoot the field, overshoot the mark, overstep the bounds, overstride, pass, presume on, presume upon, superabound, surpass, take a liberty, take liberties, transcend, transgress, trespass, trouble, usurp
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