overcompensate overcompensate v. to make excessive corrections for fear of making an error.

Syn: over-correct, compensate too much. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • overcompensate — ► VERB ▪ take excessive measures to compensate for something. DERIVATIVES overcompensation noun overcompensatory adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • overcompensate — [ō΄vər käm′pən sāt΄] vt. overcompensated, overcompensating to give an excessive compensation to vi. 1. Psychol. to react to a real or imagined physical or psychological defect with a conscious or unconscious exaggerated drive to compensate for it …   English World dictionary

  • overcompensate — UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈkɒmpənˌseɪt] / US [ˌoʊvərˈkɑmpənˌseɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms overcompensate : present tense I/you/we/they overcompensate he/she/it overcompensates present participle overcompensating past tense overcompensated past… …   English dictionary

  • overcompensate — o|ver|com|pen|sate [ ,ouvər kampən,seıt ] verb intransitive to do more than you need to do in trying to correct a fault: overcompensate for: Don t overcompensate for your lack of experience by driving too slowly. ╾ o|ver|com|pen|sa|tion [… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • overcompensate — o|ver|com|pen|sate [ˌəuvəˈkɔmpənseıt, pen US ˌouvərˈka:m ] v to try to correct a weakness or mistake by doing too much of the opposite thing overcompensate for ▪ Zoe overcompensates for her shyness by talking a lot. >overcompensation… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • overcompensate — verb see overcompensation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • overcompensate — /oh veuhr kom peuhn sayt /, v., overcompensated, overcompensating. v.t. 1. to compensate or reward excessively; overpay: Some stockholders feel the executives are being overcompensated and that bonuses should be reduced. v.i. 2. to exhibit… …   Universalium

  • overcompensate — verb a) To do an excessive amount in one area in an effort to overcome a perceived lack in another area. b) To provide excessive pay or reward for work performed. See Also: overcompensation, overcompensatory …   Wiktionary

  • overcompensate — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. overreact, overdo a good thing, blunder, lean over too far backward*; see correct 1 , destroy 1 , overdo 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • overcompensate — v. compensate excessively; repay in an excessive amount; work too hard to correct a fault or a defect (Psychoanalysis) …   English contemporary dictionary

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