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1. A gearing mechanism of a motor vehicle engine that reduces the power output required to maintain driving speed in a specific range by lowering the gear ratio.
2. Informal A state of heightened activity or concentration: shifted into overdrive toward the end of the semester.
tr.v. (ō′vər-drīv′) o·ver·drove (-drōv′), o·ver·driv·en (-drĭv′ən), o·ver·driv·ing, o·ver·drives
1. To drive (a vehicle) too far or too long.
2. To push (oneself) too far, as in the performance of tasks.
1. (Automotive Engineering) 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
vb, -drives, -driving, -drove or -driven
(tr) to drive too hard or too far; overwork or overuse
o•ver•drive(n. ˈoʊ vərˌdraɪv; v. ˌoʊ vərˈdraɪv)
1. a device in a motor vehicle containing a gear that provides a drive shaft speed greater than the engine crankshaft speed.
2. a state of intense activity.
Past participle: overdriven
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|Noun||1.||overdrive - the state of high or excessive activity or productivity or concentration; "Troops are ready to go into overdrive as soon as the signal is given"; "Melissa's brain was in overdrive"|
|2.||overdrive - a high gear used at high speeds to maintain the driving speed with less output power|
|Verb||1.||overdrive - drive or work too hard; "The teacher is overworking his students"; "Overdriving people often suffer stress"|
|2.||overdrive - make use of too often or too extensively|
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize - put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"