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Verb: overcompensate  ,ow-vu(r)'kóm-pun,seyt
  1. Make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
    "he is overcompensating for being a bad father";
    - cover, compensate
  2. Make excessive corrections for fear of making an error
    - over-correct

Derived forms: overcompensated, overcompensates, overcompensating

Type of: compensate, correct, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, make up, redress, right

Encyclopedia: Overcompensate