overreport

verb

over·​re·​port ˌō-vər-ri-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce overreport (audio)
overreported; overreporting

transitive verb

1
: to report (something) to a greater extent than is necessary
Such tales are fun, but on occasion the author overdoes detail, overreporting trivia to the extent that the main story … becomes sidetracked.Colin Leinster
2
: to report (something) as being higher or greater than it really is
overreported their income on the loan application

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Critics say teachers can overreport minor or unsubstantiated cases that don’t meet the legal definition of abuse, confusing poverty with neglect as heightened by racial and other biases, and clogging up the system. Sally Ho And Camille Fassett, Chron, 29 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of overreport was in 1942

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“Overreport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overreport. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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