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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As with Purdue Pharma, the civil action accused Teva of overstating the effectiveness and understating the addictiveness of opioid medications. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "'Clearly a game.' Opioid lawsuit settlements arranged to give drug companies a tax break, experts say," 12 Sep. 2019 But if Kleck-style surveys have a high risk of overstating DGUs, the NCVS obviously produces an underestimate. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Do Guns Help People Defend Themselves?," 12 Sep. 2019 But what if the role of central banks is overstated? Wired, "What Recession? Low Interest Rates Could Mean Tech-Fueled Growth," 4 Sep. 2019 While the need for strengthening of banks can never be overstated, equal attention needs to be given to procedural easiness. Anand James, Quartz India, "Foreign investors are still not enthused by Modi government’s latest policy boost," 29 Aug. 2019 Further, an earlier version of the headline overstated the allegations; it has been changed. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "What We Know So Far About the Whistleblower Allegations at Disney," 20 Aug. 2019 The Matrix’s influence on the subsequent 20 years of action and sci-fi cinema is impossible to overstate. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Matrix 4 is happening. Keanu Reeves, Carrie Ann Moss, and Lana Wachowski will all return.," 20 Aug. 2019 Colleagues describe him as a unique influence over the president, but some caution that his powerful reputation is overstated because Trump typically seeks input from multiple advisers. al, "How Stephen Miller controls Trump’s immigration policy," 18 Aug. 2019 Colleagues describe him as a unique influence over the president, but some caution that his powerful reputation is overstated because Trump typically seeks input from multiple advisers. Author: Nick Miroff, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Stephen Miller has singular control of Trump’s immigration policy," 17 Aug. 2019

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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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