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 But also don’t overstate Kendrick Nunn as point guard, with Jimmy Butler the primary ballhandler when Kendrick is on the court. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Should Heat trade now if it impacts long-term flexibility?," 6 Mar. 2021 In combination, these distortions can materially understate or overstate the true profitability of a firm. Joel Litman, Forbes, "Wall Street Wrong Again: Goldman’s “Non-Profitable” Tech Index Is Not Vindicated By Volatility," 4 Mar. 2021 To speak of awards is to speak of a sliver of the industry and to perhaps overstate their importance, but given these nods, the film’s actors have a shot at the Oscars. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Invisible Stars of Asian Movies," 3 Mar. 2021 The importance of consistency, transparency, and open communications is impossible to overstate, as the governor is hopefully learning. Aaron Kwittken, Forbes, "NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Fall From Grace - and How He Might Recover," 25 Feb. 2021 The shock and hurt in Canada, the largest U.S. trading partner and a close ally, was hard to overstate. Author: Anne Gearan, Amanda Coletta, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden and Trudeau try to reset relations," 24 Feb. 2021 The shock and hurt in Canada, the largest U.S. trading partner and a close ally, was hard to overstate. Washington Post, "Trudeau conveys relief in meeting with Biden, but sticking points remain," 24 Feb. 2021 Experts caution not to overstate the impact of economic distress in radicalizing people. Jim Puzzanghera, BostonGlobe.com, "Economic hardship and anxiety have accelerated the Republican Party’s radicalization, experts say," 19 Feb. 2021 The improbably of what happened was hard to overstate. Kevin Reynolds, Dallas News, "Skyline stuns Lakeview Centennial with first-round playoff exit in game that almost didn’t happen," 13 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of overstate

1792, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overstate was in 1792

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7 Apr 2021

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“Overstate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstate. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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