to react or respond more strongly than is necessary or appropriate.
- o·ver·re·ac·tion, noun
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How to use overreact in a sentence
Most of the time my reaction to stuff on Nextdoor is that people are overreacting.D.C.’s 911 center saw a spike in suspicious-activity calls after Capitol riot | Fredrick Kunkle | February 19, 2021 | Washington Post
This is true even if he’s right that you’re overreacting, which he might be.Carolyn Hax: Mom married a jerk, but never let it be said that she raised one | Carolyn Hax | November 29, 2020 | Washington Post
I’ll just be reminding myself not to overreact to how the polls change after tonight.Will The First Presidential Debate Shake Up The Race? | Sarah Frostenson (email@example.com) | September 29, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Maybe people have overreacted about how things will look in a post-pandemic world.
While the return to normal pay shows that the bumpiest months of the crisis are over, sources at many of the publications that made cuts cautioned against overreacting.While cut media company pay might be returning soon, confidence in the ad marketplace not on the horizon | Max Willens | September 2, 2020 | Digiday
Nobody should overreact here, and they should think through the consequences of their actions.
That's why human beings are evolved to overreact to certain kind of threats.We Shouldn't Treat Terrorism the Way We Treat Bathroom Falls | Megan McArdle | June 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Schools get shot up and everybody has their solution, and we often overreact.NRA President: Don't 'Overreact' to Newtown Shooting | Lloyd Grove | December 23, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Obama administration should not only react judiciously, it should also try to persuade Congress not to overreact either.
We should not be surprised when they occur, and most importantly we should not overreact if one is eventually successful.
British Dictionary definitions for overreact
(intr) to react excessively to something
- overreaction, noun
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