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overreact

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Pronunciation: /əʊvərɪˈakt
 
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Definition of overreact in English:

verb

[no object]
Respond more emotionally or forcibly than is justified: the Authority are urging people not to overreact to the problem
More example sentences
  • While there is no way to fully avoid overreacting, understanding the emotional factor will help keep fear in check.
  • Like so many emotions, anger is important to respond to but not overreact to!
  • Others find this more difficult - they may become withdrawn emotionally, or completely overreact to events.
Synonyms
get upset over nothing, react disproportionately, get overexcited, go too far, act irrationally, lose one's sense of proportion, exaggerate, make something out of nothing, make a mountain out of a molehill, blow something up out of all proportion
British informal go over the top

Derivatives

overreaction

1
noun
Example sentences
  • For others, the anxiety has led to extreme overreactions - such as refusing to enter a post office.
  • When family members feel neglected, they often will present a scenario that invites your overreaction.
  • And I think that my life has been a reaction, and some might very properly say, an overreaction to that repression.

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