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English verb: overcompensate

1. overcompensate (stative) make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities

SamplesHe is compensating for being a bad father.

Synonymscompensate, cover

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)compensate, correct, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, make up

Verb groupcover, insure, underwrite

2. overcompensate (social) make excessive corrections for fear of making an error


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)compensate, correct, redress, right

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