Definition of “overcompensate” - English Dictionary


(Definition of “overcompensate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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overcompensateverb [ I ]

us /ˌoʊ·vərˈkɑm·pənˌseɪt/

to try too hard to produce a usual or correct state from one that is not usual, and therefore produce a new difficulty or lack of balance:

Chris overcompensates for his lack of height by being a clown.

(Definition of “overcompensate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)