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 overstatement (audio) \ 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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The radiation leakage was thus overstated by a factor of 1000. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 More broadly, Trump is overstating the magnitude of such fraud across the U.S. The Texas report suggested as many as 95,000 non-U.S. citizens may be on the state’s voter rolls and as many as 58,000 may have cast a ballot at least once since 1996. Eric Tucker, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s untruths on Russia probe, wall, jobs," 6 Feb. 2019 The benefits of moving from a hard drive to an SSD can’t be overstated. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Why Sony's PlayStation 5 specs matter to PC gamers: Ryzen, Radeon, SSDs, and ray tracing," 16 Apr. 2019 The record shows both made unusual accounting choices that overstate sales and profitability. Howard Schilit, WSJ, "Do Ride-Sharing Customers Sit in Front?," 28 Apr. 2019 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

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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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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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