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

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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 As streaming services like Netflix look to expand their content libraries to attract viewers around the world, the importance of authentic, on-screen representation can rarely be overstated. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Here’s Every Country’s Favorite TV Show, Mapped," 5 Sep. 2019 However, this phenomenon has also been overstated to a potentially alarming point when there’s actually a ton of nuance involved. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "So, Let’s Talk About That Whole Fertility and Age 35 Thing," 22 Aug. 2019 Does anyone else believe the Browns special-ness has been vastly overstated? . . Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds acquisition of pitcher Gausman positively extravagant," 6 Aug. 2019 Flashy and stylish, Beckham's ability and impact on matches is often overstated. SI.com, "The 50 Greatest Footballers Who Never Won the World Cup," 2 July 2019 He’s consistently overstated the fruits of his talks with Kim. Doyle Mcmanus, latimes.com, "The ‘Trump Doctrine’: He’d rather talk than fight," 23 June 2019 The market could also be overstating the potential damage from a trade war. Washington Post, "Trump’s Trade War Has Cost Investors Up to $7 Trillion," 18 Sep. 2019 But even those numbers probably overstate how central this work is to the economic lives of Americans. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Maybe We’re Not All Going to Be Gig Economy Workers After All," 15 Sep. 2019 The girl was overstating or misrepresenting her experience. Daniel Smith, The New Yorker, "Courage," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of overstate

1792, in the meaning defined above

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1 Nov 2019

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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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