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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


Synonymsover-correct


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


Broader (hypernym)compensate, correct, redress, right









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