overstate

verb
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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Other Words from overstate

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for overstate

Synonyms

exaggerate, overdo, overdraw, put on

Antonyms

understate

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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!

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Facebook says that it was not compromised, that the number is likely overstated, and that any data leak is likely the fault of a rogue third-party browser extension. Casey Newton, The Verge, "One way Twitter’s ad archive improves on Facebook’s," 3 Nov. 2018 Tunnels opponents say the Brown administration has long overstated the benefits of the tunnels and relied on overly rosy projections. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Consultant hired by Jerry Brown administration says his Delta tunnels would pay off | The Sacramento Bee," 13 Feb. 2018 Democrats need to win back some Obama-Trump voters in 2018 The difficulty of the Democratic task can’t be overstated. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democrats suddenly look strong again in the Midwest," 25 Oct. 2018 Todd Henderson, professor at the University of Chicago Law School, says the value of independence can be overstated. Rolfe Winkler, WSJ, "Tesla Board’s Independence Is Tested by Musk’s Buyout Idea," 10 Aug. 2018 The fervor around them would be hard to overstate, considering their inventor went into hiding in the Tahoe National Forest at the peak of their popularity. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Every Furby gets a home," 21 Dec. 2018 Of course they were misled by Leavers, in the same way Remainers habitually overstated Brexit’s immediate economic costs. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "A ‘No Deal’ Brexit Can Save the European Union," 17 Jan. 2019 Like many non-lawyers, Mr. Finkelman wishfully overstates the power of courts and underestimates the institutional constraints on judicial decision-making. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, "‘Supreme Injustice’ Review: The High Court and Slavery," 18 Jan. 2019 According to an exposé in the New York Times, this campaign: stretched the image of classic ADHD to include relatively normal behavior like carelessness and impatience, and has often overstated the pills’ benefits. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Kids who start kindergarten young are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD," 17 Dec. 2018

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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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overstate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overstate

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

overstate

verb
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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