verb (used with object), overstated, overstating.
to state too strongly; exaggerate: to overstate one's position in a controversy.

1630–40; over- + state

overstatement, noun

overstress, embroider, magnify.
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overstate (ˌəʊvəˈsteɪt)
(tr) to state too strongly; exaggerate or overemphasize

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Word Origin & History

1630s, "assume too much grandeur," from over + state (n.1). Meaning "state too strongly" attested 1803, over + state (v.). Related: Overstated, overstatement.
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Example sentences
The results are frequently unique to the state, and the significance of the
  outcome is often overstated.
Some of the worries about the dangers posed by sovereign funds are overstated.
Most of this concern, however, appears to be overstated.
Representatives for the ethanol industry say that the share of corn used for
  ethanol is typically overstated.
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