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[oh-ver-steyt] /ˌoʊ vərˈsteɪt/
verb (used with object), overstated, overstating.
to state too strongly; exaggerate:
to overstate one's position in a controversy.
Origin of overstate
1630-40; over- + state
Related forms
overstatement, noun
overstress, embroider, magnify. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overstate
  • It would be impossible to overstate what he has done.
  • If the samples are dried prior to testing, it will vastly overstate the available energy.
  • However, it is not helpful to overstate the vulnerability or understate the reliability of our present electric power system.
  • And, quite frankly, much of the problem is that they tend to use it in a way that they either overstate it or understate it.
  • It is difficult to overstate the scale of this accomplishment.
  • They minimize how much they drink and overstate how much they exercise.
  • So while a president's economic promises may overstate the case, they're far from being all talk.
  • Still, biologists who study plant signaling are careful not to overstate their results.
  • Beware of studies that overstate the impact and applicability of their findings.
  • Yes it is important not to overstate causal factors, and it's equally important not to understate causal factors.
British Dictionary definitions for overstate


(transitive) to state too strongly; exaggerate or overemphasize
Derived Forms
overstatement, noun
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Word Origin and History for overstate

1630s, "assume too much grandeur;" see over- + state (n.1). Meaning "state too strongly" is attested from 1798, from state (v.). Related: Overstated, overstating.

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