• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Overtask To task too heavily.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overtask To impose too heavy a task or duty upon: as, to overtask a pupil; to overtask the memory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overtask ō-vėr-task′ to task overmuch: to impose too heavy a task on.
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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.”


In literature:

She saw that the sparing Maria's tears was such a boon to Phoebe as to make her forgive all overtasking of herself.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
And, Did she overtask herself in rowing?
"The Woman Who Dared" by Epes Sargent
Even the short journey from the city had overtasked his strength.
"The Fairy Nightcaps" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
Dr. Sevier was daily overtasked.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
Overtasking the mind is an unwise act; when nature is unwilling, the labour is vain.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
These must not be overtasked at first, or the tree will suffer seriously.
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
It was only under the pressure of great necessity that he thus overtasked his Herculean powers.
"Josephine" by John S. C. Abbott
He thus, with every succeeding year, did much to strengthen his overtasked eyes.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
Let your livers ache, and the overtasked lungs feel exhausted!
"My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave" by Henry M. Stanley
It would overtask my poor faculty of description, to give my reader even a faint picture of this rugged battle-field.
"Horse-Shoe Robinson" by John Pendleton Kennedy

In poetry:

No duty could overtask him,
No need his will outrun;
Or ever our lips could ask him,
His hands the work had done.
"George L. Stearns" by John Greenleaf Whittier
No duty could overtask him,
No need his will outrun:
Or ever our lips could ask him,
His hands the work had done.
"A Hero Gone" by John Greenleaf Whittier