[ oh-ver-kom-puh n-seyt ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈkɒm pənˌseɪt /
verb (used with object), o·ver·com·pen·sat·ed, o·ver·com·pen·sat·ing.
to compensate or reward excessively; overpay: Some stockholders feel the executives are being overcompensated and that bonuses should be reduced.
verb (used without object), o·ver·com·pen·sat·ed, o·ver·com·pen·sat·ing.
to exhibit psychological overcompensation; strive to overcome a sense of inferiority through overt, opposite behavior: The aggressive patient may be overcompensating, and be a profoundly shy person beneath the façade.
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British Dictionary definitions for over-compensate
/ (ˌəʊvəˈkɒmpɛnˌseɪt) /
to compensate (a person or thing) excessively
(intr) psychol to engage in overcompensation
Derived Formsovercompensatory, adjective
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