over·state | \ˌō-vər-ˈstāt \
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 \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for overstate


exaggerate, overdo, overdraw, put on



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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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Having underestimated the North, though, Washington now faces some risk of overstating its capabilities and intentions, some experts hold. Author: David E. Sanger, William J. Broad, Anchorage Daily News, "How North Korea’s nuclear pace caught the U.S. off guard," 7 Jan. 2018 Having underestimated the North, though, Washington now faces some risk of overstating its capabilities and intentions, some experts hold. David E. Sanger And William J. Broad, New York Times, "How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Underestimated North Korea," 6 Jan. 2018 The importance of the health center can hardly be overstated in a neighborhood where health centers are the primary source of medical care for most residents. Adrian Walker, BostonGlobe.com, "Whittier Street board votes to name the headquarters for the center’s director. Maybe the staff should have gotten a vote," 8 July 2018 For a team that set a franchise record with 3-pointers accounting for 31.9 percent of their scoring, the value of playing from distance in Erik Spoelstra's approach cannot be overstated. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Ellington fueled Heat with 3-for-all, but higher salary math could get in the way," 26 Apr. 2018 That might be overstating things for the Kings, but after a year spent stewing over a missed postseason, their return would be doubly meaningful. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "What we learned from the Kings' 3-1 win over the Avalanche," 3 Apr. 2018 Jordan Howard’s demise is greatly overstated in the fantasy world, and the third-year running back out of Indiana should still be Chicago’s bellcow rusher. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Fantasy Football Players Who are More Valuable in PPR Leagues," 12 July 2018 Far from hiding their efforts, Chinese authorities regularly state, and overstate, their capabilities. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 In a Rolling Stone article, White overstated the case for the policy at rock concerts. Timothy Finn, kansascity, "Jack White's 'no phone' policy worked; expect to see more of it at concerts | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of overstate

1792, in the meaning defined above

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cannot be overstated

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The first known use of overstate was in 1792

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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 \
overstated; overstating

Kids Definition of overstate

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

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