- to react or respond more strongly than is necessary or appropriate.
Origin of overreact
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Examples from the Web for overreacted
You see where you were more impetuous, where you might have overreacted to certain things.All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson
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He was so surprised by losing the vote that he overreacted and left himself no wiggle room.How Britain Rushed to Inaction in Syria
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He said he felt badly about what happened, that he overreacted.Tampa’s Titanic TV Fights Liven Up Republican Convention
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Still, some said Israel had overreacted by banning Grass from ever visiting Israel.Gunter Grass Is Vilified by Israeli Authors for a Poem Harshly Critical of Israel
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It looks like Bloomberg may have overreacted—but better safe than sorry, and this was a vast improvement over past performance.Irene Political Report Card
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- (intr) to react excessively to something
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- To react with unnecessary or inappropriate force, emotional display, or violence.
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