Definition of overcompensate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

overcompensate

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈkɑmpənˌseɪt//
 
[intransitive]overcompensate (for something) (by doing something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overcompensate
 
he / she / it overcompensates
 
past simple overcompensated
 
-ing form overcompensating
 
 
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to do too much when trying to correct a problem and so cause a different problem She overcompensated for her shyness by talking too much and laughing too loud.
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