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Definition of overcompensate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[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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