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 overstate (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 What's uniquely disadvantageous in this case is that, on the one hand, the reversal of Roe v. Wade may compel women who want to progress in their careers to overstate agentic qualities. Caterina Bulgarella, Forbes, 24 June 2022 They’re self reported and can overstate a bag’s performance. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 15 June 2022 In the trailing-twelve-months (TTM) ended 1Q22, GAAP earnings continue to overstate the growth in Core Earnings. David Trainer, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Yet at times Conis may overstate, or at least oversimplify, the role of Big Tobacco. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, 31 May 2022 But the White House is keen not to overstate any change. Meredith Oyen, The Conversation, 24 May 2022 His prose and his editorial judgment left an imprint that’s hard to overstate. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 20 May 2022 Phan’s significance in the beauty world and in the influencer ecosystem at large is difficult to overstate. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2022 The raw, poetic beauty of this ancient land — formerly known as Caledonia — is difficult to overstate. Jonathan Thompson, Travel + Leisure, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overstate

1792, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2022

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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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