overreact

[ oh-ver-ree-akt ]
/ ˌoʊ vər riˈækt /

verb (used without object)

to react or respond more strongly than is necessary or appropriate.

Nearby words

  1. overquick,
  2. overrake,
  3. overran,
  4. overrate,
  5. overreach,
  6. overrefine,
  7. overrefinement,
  8. overreliance,
  9. overrepresent,
  10. overrich

Origin of overreact

First recorded in 1960–65; over- + react

Related formso·ver·re·ac·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for over-react

overreact

/ (ˌəʊvərɪˈækt) /

verb

(intr) to react excessively to something
Derived Formsoverreaction, noun

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Word Origin and History for over-react

over-react

v.

also overreact, 1961, from over- + react (v.). First attested in Lewis Mumford. Related: Over-reacting; overreacting; over-reaction.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for over-react

overreact

[ ō′vər-rē-ăkt ]

v.

To react with unnecessary or inappropriate force, emotional display, or violence.

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