over·​state | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstāt How to pronounce overstate (audio) \
overstated; overstating; overstates

Definition of overstate

transitive verb

: to state in too strong terms : exaggerate overstated his qualifications

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overstatement \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈstāt-​mənt How to pronounce overstatement (audio) \ noun

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Examples of overstate in a Sentence

It would be overstating the case to say that it was a matter of life or death. it appears you've somewhat overstated your computer skills, if you can't find the “on” button!
Recent Examples on the Web Tim Bartik, senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, believes the institute’s analysis makes unrealistic assumptions that overstate the impact of a ban on fracking. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Fact-check: Biden called for limits on fracking, not a complete ban, as candidate claims," 19 June 2020 The timing of the transactions -- coupled with concerns from some medical experts that Moderna overstated the significance of its Phase 1 vaccine trial -- should be investigated by authorities, former SEC officials told CNN Business. Robert Kuznia, CNN, "Moderna's coronavirus vaccine announcement set off a frenzy on Wall Street. Now some are calling for an investigation," 1 June 2020 And some of Brownell’s former employers and colleagues say the caterer, while a talented chef, overstated his own accomplishments. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, "Chef’s business record questioned amid concern over USDA contract," 31 May 2020 The person added that media reports in November—which described a rumored $150 million price tag—significantly overstated the value. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Coinbase acquires crypto trading firm Tagomi in all-stock deal," 27 May 2020 The upshot is that the government’s disease-fighting agency is overstating the country’s ability to test people who are sick with COVID-19. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "‘How Could the CDC Make That Mistake?’," 21 May 2020 Another big problem is that Case and Deaton rely on an inflation-adjustment method that’s well known to overstate inflation, meaning that wages have grown far more strongly than their numbers suggest. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "What’s Behind the Rise in Deaths of Despair?," 16 Apr. 2020 The difference between these two can’t be overstated. John B. Snow, Field & Stream, "The Shooter’s Guide to First-Focal-Plane Scopes," 21 May 2020 There is truth in this argument, but Gordis overstates his case. Ethan Bronner, The New York Review of Books, "Stuck," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of overstate

1792, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jun 2020

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“Overstate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstate. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of overstate

: to say that (something) is larger or greater than it really is


over·​state | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstāt How to pronounce overstate (audio) \
overstated; overstating

Kids Definition of overstate

: to put in too strong terms : exaggerate He overstated the usefulness of his invention.

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