over·​pro·​tect | \ ˌō-vər-prə-ˈtekt How to pronounce overprotect (audio) \
overprotected; overprotecting

Definition of overprotect

transitive verb

: to protect (someone or something) more than is necessary or reasonable Resist overprotecting your daughter because it sends the message that you think she can't handle the situation …— Kathy Lynn But this lawsuit questions whether the university had overprotected an athlete.— Marcia Chambers One never notices a dead flower, and other artists have said they feel the garden actually looks too fresh and overprotected.— R. I. C. Fisher

Other Words from overprotect

overprotection \ ˌō-​vər-​prə-​ˈtek-​shən How to pronounce overprotection (audio) \ noun
… millennials' perceived entitlement isn't a result of overprotection but an adaptation to a world of abundance. — Joel Stein
overprotective \ ˌō-​vər-​prə-​ˈtek-​tiv How to pronounce overprotective (audio) \ adjective
… she was constantly anxious and pathologically overprotective of her son; he had, literally, to escape the grounds of their estate and the watchfulness of a swarm of servants in order to play with another child. — Anne Bernays
overprotectiveness noun
held back by the overprotectiveness of his parents

First Known Use of overprotect

circa 1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overprotect was circa 1885

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“Overprotect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overprotect. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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transitive verb
over·​pro·​tect | \ -prə-ˈtekt How to pronounce overprotect (audio) \

Medical Definition of overprotect

: to protect unduly overprotected children

Other Words from overprotect

overprotective \ -​ˈtek-​tiv How to pronounce overprotective (audio) \ adjective

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