overstate

verb over·state \ ˌō-vər-ˈstāt \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of overstate

transitive verb
: to state in too strong terms : exaggerate
  • overstated his qualifications

overstatement

play \ˌō-vər-ˈstāt-mənt\ noun

Examples of overstate in a Sentence

  1. It would be overstating the case to say that it was a matter of life or death.

  2. it appears you've somewhat overstated your computer skills, if you can't find the “on” button!

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First Known Use of overstate

1792



OVERSTATE Defined for English Language Learners

overstate

verb

Definition of overstate for English Language Learners

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


OVERSTATE Defined for Kids

overstate

verb over·state \ ˌō-vər-ˈstāt \

Definition of overstate for Students

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


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