verb [T]
to do something that is not allowed or that is not acceptable
The committee had overstepped the bounds of its authority.[/ex]

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  • overstep — ► VERB (overstepped, overstepping) ▪ go beyond (a set or accepted limit). ● overstep the mark Cf. ↑overstep the mark …   English terms dictionary

  • Overstep — O ver*step , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overstepped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overstepping}.] [AS. ofersteppan.] To step over or beyond; to transgress; as, to overstep the bounds of propriety. Shak. [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overstep — I verb accroach, advance beyond proper limits, break in upon, encroach, entrench, exceed, go beyond, go over, go too far, impinge, infringe, interfere, intrude, invade, meddle, not observe, obtrude, overpass, overrun, run over, strain, stretch,… …   Law dictionary

  • overstep — (v.) O.E. ofersteppan, from ofer over (see OVER (Cf. over)) + steppan to step (see STEP (Cf. step)). From the beginning, used in figurative senses. Related: Overstepped; overstepping …   Etymology dictionary

  • overstep — [ō΄vər step′] vt. overstepped, overstepping to go beyond the limits of; exceed …   English World dictionary

  • overstep — UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈstep] / US [ˌoʊvərˈstep] verb [transitive] Word forms overstep : present tense I/you/we/they overstep he/she/it oversteps present participle overstepping past tense overstepped past participle overstepped to do something that is… …   English dictionary

  • overstep — o|ver|step [ˌəuvəˈstep US ˌouvər ] v past tense and past participle overstepped present participle overstepping [T] 1.) overstep the limits/bounds/boundaries to do something that is not acceptable or allowed ▪ He has overstepped the bounds of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • overstep — o|ver|step [ ,ouvər step ] verb transitive to do something that is considered rude or is not allowed: overstep the bounds/rules/limits of something: The committee had overstepped the bounds of its authority. overstep the mark MAINLY BRITISH to do …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • overstep — verb overstepped, overstepping (T) 1 overstep the rules/limits etc to behave in a way that is not polite or not allowed by the rules 2 overstep the mark to do or say more than you should, and offend people or make them angry: I ve been very… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • overstep — /oh veuhr step /, v.t., overstepped, overstepping. to go beyond; exceed: to overstep one s authority. [bef. 1000; ME oversteppen, OE ofersteppan. See OVER , STEP] * * * …   Universalium

  • overstep — verb Overstep is used with these nouns as the object: ↑authority, ↑boundary, ↑limit …   Collocations dictionary

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