Simple Definition of overplay
: to give too much attention to (something) : to make (something) seem more important than it really is
: to show too much emotion when acting in a play, movie, etc.
Full Definition of overplay
1 a : to present (as a dramatic role) extravagantly : exaggerate b : to place too much emphasis on
2 : to rely too much on the strength of —usually used in the phrase overplay one's hand
3 : to strike a golf ball beyond (a putting green)
: to exaggerate a part or effect
Examples of overplay in a sentence
The network news overplayed the story just to get good ratings.
He overplayed the death scene.
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