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[ oh-ver-steyt ]

verb (used with object)

, o·ver·stat·ed, o·ver·stat·ing.
  1. to state too strongly; exaggerate:

    to overstate one's position in a controversy.

    Synonyms: magnify, embroider, overstress


/ ˌəʊvəˈsteɪt /


  1. tr to state too strongly; exaggerate or overemphasize

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Derived Forms

  • ˈoverˌstatement, noun

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Other Words From

  • over·statement noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of overstate1

First recorded in 1630–40; over- + state

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Example Sentences

Those stories would have been wrong or overstated but would have become the narrative.

Failing to repeat as champions is hardly a catastrophe — it’s notoriously difficult to do so — but the importance of Champions League qualification cannot be overstated.

It’s easy to overstate what has happened so far, which is mainly a change in legal designation.

From Quartz

Many of you believe the long-term impact of the pandemic won’t die off but that its effects have been overstated.

From Fortune

The watchdog said it found evidence of false forecasting, meaning utilities were overstating how much water would be sold, and, when that didn’t pan out, the company could go back and tack on a surcharge.

It is difficult to overstate how destructive the practice of dismembering ancient and medieval books is.

Maher, and certainly conservative critics, overstate the extent to which liberals fail to make common cause with such folks.

I could not possibly overstate the need for an urgent response.

Or, not to overstate the case, it would have been like getting too far from a bathroom for the males among us 50 years later.

It's impossible to overstate the extent of the disaster this represents for the Middle East as a region.

But he interrupted her ere she had gone far, "Mademoiselle de La Vauvraye," said he, "you overstate the matter."

I do not at all overstate the fact, when I say, that 50,000 slaves are annually landed in Cuba.

I noticed that he did not overstate anything, but spoke within bounds.

We cannot overstate our debt to the past, but the moment has the supreme claim.

I think I do not overstate the loss of the enemy in the last two weeks at 10,000 killed and wounded.


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