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overreact

[ oh-ver-ree-akt ]
/ ˌoʊ vər riˈækt /
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verb (used without object)
to react or respond more strongly than is necessary or appropriate.
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Origin of overreact

First recorded in 1960–65; over- + react

OTHER WORDS FROM overreact

o·ver·re·ac·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for overreact

overreact
/ (ˌəʊvərɪˈækt) /

verb
(intr) to react excessively to something

Derived forms of overreact

overreaction, noun
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Medical definitions for overreact

overreact
[ ō′vər-rē-ăkt ]

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