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

Definition of overreact in English:


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Respond more emotionally or forcibly than is justified: they are urging people not to overreact to the problem
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  • 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  • Others find this more difficult - they may become withdrawn emotionally, or completely overreact to events.
react disproportionately, act irrationally, lose one's sense of proportion, blow something up out of all proportion, make a mountain out of a molehill
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