overreact

verb over·re·act \ ˌō-vər-rē-ˈakt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overreact

overreacted; overreacting
intransitive verb
: to react to something too strongly : to respond to something with too strong an emotion or with unnecessary or excessive action
  • I was furious and yelled at him. He told me I was overreacting and to "chillax."
  • —Ben Stein
  • The world isn't coming to an end. You shouldn't overreact to the negative news.
  • —Adam Bryant
  • Some of his animals had become apprehensive and twitchy, overreacting to sound or touch …
  • —Mark Caldwell
  • But the military police overreacted, using tear gas, rubber bullets and excessive force in front of news cameras that spread the images countrywide.
  • —Grant Wahl
  • … the poisonous surfeit of hormones produced by the overreacting immune system.
  • —Shannon Brownlee
  • Sometimes companies in a little bit of trouble are the best investments because the market has overreacted.
  • —Orson C. Clay

overreaction

play \ˌō-vər-rē-ˈak-shən\ noun, plural overreactions
    • … he had said almost angrily that he couldn't tell her anything without eliciting a huge overreaction.
    • —Ann Beattie
    • This response is an overreaction by your immune system to an otherwise harmless substance, such as pollen or pet dander.
    • Medical Clinic Health Letter

First Known Use of overreact

1919


OVERREACT Defined for Kids

overreact

verb over·re·act \ ˌō-vər-rē-ˈakt \

Definition of overreact for Students

overreacted; overreacting
: to respond with an emotion that is too strong or an action that is extreme or unnecessary After being criticized, he overreacted and quit the team.

Medical Dictionary

overreact

intransitive verb over·re·act \ ˌō-və(r)-rē-ˈakt \

medical Definition of overreact

: to react excessively or too strongly
  • the body's immune system overreacts to the endotoxin
  • —Tina Adler

overreaction

play \-ˈak-shən\ noun


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