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Definition of overcompensate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

overcompensate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈkɒmpenseɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈkɑːmpenseɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overcompensate
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈkɒmpenseɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈkɑːmpenseɪt//
 
he / she / it overcompensates
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈkɒmpenseɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈkɑːmpenseɪts//
 
past simple overcompensated
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈkɒmpenseɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈkɑːmpenseɪtɪd//
 
past participle overcompensated
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈkɒmpenseɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈkɑːmpenseɪtɪd//
 
-ing form overcompensating
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈkɒmpenseɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈkɑːmpenseɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] overcompensate (for something) (by doing something) 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: overcompensate