overprotect


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o·ver·pro·tect

 (ō′vər-prə-tĕkt′)
tr.v. o·ver·pro·tect·ed, o·ver·pro·tect·ing, o·ver·pro·tects
To protect too much; coddle: overprotected their children.

o′ver·pro·tec′tion n.
o′ver·pro·tec′tive adj.
o′ver·pro·tec′tive·ness n.

overprotect

(ˌəʊvəprəˈtɛkt)
vb
(tr) to protect more than necessary, esp to shield (a child) excessively so as to inhibit its development
ˌoverproˈtective adj

overprotect


Past participle: overprotected
Gerund: overprotecting

Imperative
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Present
I overprotect
you overprotect
he/she/it overprotects
we overprotect
you overprotect
they overprotect
Preterite
I overprotected
you overprotected
he/she/it overprotected
we overprotected
you overprotected
they overprotected
Present Continuous
I am overprotecting
you are overprotecting
he/she/it is overprotecting
we are overprotecting
you are overprotecting
they are overprotecting
Present Perfect
I have overprotected
you have overprotected
he/she/it has overprotected
we have overprotected
you have overprotected
they have overprotected
Past Continuous
I was overprotecting
you were overprotecting
he/she/it was overprotecting
we were overprotecting
you were overprotecting
they were overprotecting
Past Perfect
I had overprotected
you had overprotected
he/she/it had overprotected
we had overprotected
you had overprotected
they had overprotected
Future
I will overprotect
you will overprotect
he/she/it will overprotect
we will overprotect
you will overprotect
they will overprotect
Future Perfect
I will have overprotected
you will have overprotected
he/she/it will have overprotected
we will have overprotected
you will have overprotected
they will have overprotected
Future Continuous
I will be overprotecting
you will be overprotecting
he/she/it will be overprotecting
we will be overprotecting
you will be overprotecting
they will be overprotecting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been overprotecting
you have been overprotecting
he/she/it has been overprotecting
we have been overprotecting
you have been overprotecting
they have been overprotecting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been overprotecting
you will have been overprotecting
he/she/it will have been overprotecting
we will have been overprotecting
you will have been overprotecting
they will have been overprotecting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been overprotecting
you had been overprotecting
he/she/it had been overprotecting
we had been overprotecting
you had been overprotecting
they had been overprotecting
Conditional
I would overprotect
you would overprotect
he/she/it would overprotect
we would overprotect
you would overprotect
they would overprotect
Past Conditional
I would have overprotected
you would have overprotected
he/she/it would have overprotected
we would have overprotected
you would have overprotected
they would have overprotected
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.overprotect - care for like a mother; "She fusses over her husband"
give care, care - provide care for; "The nurse was caring for the wounded"
2.overprotect - protect excessively; "Don't overprotect your son--he is an adult now!"
protect - shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage; "Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"
Translations

overprotect

[ˌəʊvəprəˈtekt] VTproteger demasiado
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