[ 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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OTHER WORDS FROM overreacto·ver·re·ac·tion, noun
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How to use overreact in a sentence
The danger of a potential Republican overreach or overreaction was clearly on the minds of people in both parties Wednesday.The Coming GOP Freakout Over Immigration|Patricia Murphy|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Overreaction is still a concern that worries public-health experts.Are Mandatory Ebola Quarantines Legal?|Tim Mak|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, public condemnation and overreaction by state authorities may serve only to make the Ebola outbreak worse.Quarantine Turns Ebola Heroes Into Pariahs|Russell Saunders|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I think sometimes overreaction can become very dangerous as well,” said the elder Paul.Ebola Scare-Mongerer Rand Paul Wants You to Think You’re Going to Die|Sally Kohn|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To me, being a Jew carries a low-grade paranoia that is both an overreaction and entirely justified, based on history.Gaza, You're No Good For My Marriage|Josh Robin|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for overreact
/ (ˌəʊvərɪˈækt) /
(intr) to react excessively to something
Derived forms of overreactoverreaction, noun
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