overrespond

verb
over·​re·​spond | \ ˌō-vər-ri-ˈspänd How to pronounce overrespond (audio) \
overresponded; overresponding

Definition of overrespond

intransitive verb

: to respond to something or someone too strongly : overreact Democracies have a way of responding, perhaps overresponding, only to clear and present dangers.— Colin S. Gray Try not to overrespond to anger and hostility. It almost always pays to be courteous, respectful, and tactful …— William J. Diehm An allergic reaction is when the body overresponds to some substance …Babycenter Pregnancy: From Preconception to Birth

First Known Use of overrespond

1918, in the meaning defined above

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“Overrespond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overrespond. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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