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overreact

Syllabification: o·ver·re·act
Pronunciation: /ˌōvə(r)rēˈakt
 
/

Definition of overreact in English:

verb

[no object]
Respond more emotionally or forcibly than is justified: they 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  • Others find this more difficult - they may become withdrawn emotionally, or completely overreact to events.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
react disproportionately, act irrationally, lose one's sense of proportion, blow something up out of all proportion, make a mountain out of a molehill

Derivatives

overreaction

1
Pronunciation: /-rēˈakSHən/
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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