verb (used without object)

  1. to react or respond more strongly than is necessary or appropriate.


  1. (intr) to react excessively to something

v.also overreact, 1961, from over- + react (v.). First attested in Lewis Mumford. Related: Over-reacting; overreacting; over-reaction. v.

  1. To react with unnecessary or inappropriate force, emotional display, or violence.

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