Definition of overactive in English:

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overactive

Pronunciation: /əʊvərˈaktɪv/

adjective

Excessively active: the product of an overactive imagination
More example sentences
  • The humour lies in the construction that the listener's overactive imagination can put on these innocuous phrases.
  • Over the years, I tried to make myself believe it had been a bad dream, the product, perhaps, of an overactive imagination.
  • My overactive imagination conjured up images of me opening the curtains to see a face pressed against the glass, eyeballing me.

Derivatives

overactivity

Pronunciation: /əʊvərakˈtɪvɪti/
noun
Example sentences
  • Both overactivity and underactivity cause problems, and illnesses and unpleasant symptoms arise if this regulator goes wrong.
  • It is also important to explain that erratic variation between overactivity on ‘good’ days and subsequent collapse does not help long term recovery and that ‘stabilising’ activity is a prerequisite to graded increases.
  • Caused by overactivity of the bladder muscle, medication in conjunction with bladder re-training is effective in helping to restore bladder control in many people.

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