to react too strongly, especially to something unpleasant The financial markets overreacted to the news.verbjump to other results
NAmE//ˌoʊvərriˈækt//[intransitive] overreact (to something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overreact
he / she / it overreacts
past simple overreacted
-ing form overreacting
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NAmE//ˌoʊvərriˈækʃn//noun [singular, uncountable] an overreaction by the stock market The school is accused of overreaction to the complaints of a few parents.