[ kuh-tas-truh-fahyz ]

verb (used with or without object),ca·tas·tro·phized, ca·tas·tro·phiz·ing.
  1. to view or talk about (an event or situation) as worse than it actually is, or assume it will have the worst possible outcome; overreact:Stop catastrophizing and get on with your life!She tends to catastrophize her symptoms.

Origin of catastrophize

First recorded in 1960–65; catastroph(e) + -ize

Words Nearby catastrophize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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