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overstate

[oh-ver-steyt] /ˌoʊ vərˈsteɪt/
verb (used with object), overstated, overstating.
1.
to state too strongly; exaggerate:
to overstate one's position in a controversy.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; over- + state
Related forms
overstatement, noun
Synonyms
overstress, embroider, magnify.
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British Dictionary definitions for overstated

overstate

/ˌəʊvəˈsteɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to state too strongly; exaggerate or overemphasize
Derived Forms
overstatement, noun
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Word Origin and History for overstated

overstate

v.

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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