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overreact

[oh-ver-ree-akt] /ˌoʊ vər riˈækt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to react or respond more strongly than is necessary or appropriate.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; over- + react
Related forms
overreaction, noun
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Examples from the web for overreact
  • Markets always overreact in the short run, even if the news is essentially non action-worthy.
  • Food allergies occur when immune cells overreact to a foreign substance.
  • It is extremely important not to overreact to the emergence of new nuclear powers.
  • Although the microchip needle is larger than a typical vaccine needle, animals do not usually overreact it.
  • Noise traders generally have poor timing, follow trends, and overreact to good and bad news in the market.
  • While some people may overreact, some won't bat an eye.
  • Regulators are working to ensure that lenders do not overreact and limit credit access to creditworthy borrowers.
  • Don't overreact to moodiness and exaggerated positions.
  • However, when you are near these allergens, your body can overreact in a number of ways.
  • We also didn't want to overreact to temporary conditions in the economy by charging businesses too much.
British Dictionary definitions for overreact

overreact

/ˌəʊvərɪˈækt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to react excessively to something
Derived Forms
overreaction, noun
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overreact in Medicine

overreact o·ver·re·act (ō'vər-rē-ākt')
v. o·ver·re·act·ed, o·ver·re·act·ing, o·ver·re·acts
To react with unnecessary or inappropriate force, emotional display, or violence.

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