verb (used with object), o·ver·stat·ed, o·ver·stat·ing.

to state too strongly; exaggerate: to overstate one's position in a controversy.

Origin of overstate

First recorded in 1630–40; over- + state
Related formso·ver·state·ment, noun

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(tr) to state too strongly; exaggerate or overemphasize
Derived Formsoverstatement, noun
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Word Origin and History for overstatement

1803, from over- + statement.



1630s, "assume too much grandeur;" see over- + state (n.1). Meaning "state too strongly" is attested from 1798, from state (v.). Related: Overstated, overstating.

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