AskDefine | Define overcompensate

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overcompensate

Verb

1 make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities; "he is compensating for being a bad father" [syn: cover, compensate]
2 make excessive corrections for fear of making an error [syn: over-correct]

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English

Verb

  1. To do an excessive amount in one area in an effort to overcome a perceived lack in another area.
  2. To provide excessive pay or reward for work performed.
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