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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 overstatement
  • Indeed, it's difficult to make any kind of overstatement about ancillary fees.
  • But for the society as a whole it is surely an overstatement.
  • He too often went for blunderbuss overstatement, ignoring fine distinctions.
  • There were four other causes of the overstatement of closed cases.
  • It would be an overstatement to say that all of these benefits were identified solely through scanning studies.
  • It is not an overstatement to say that for some of the issues, the accelerator is almost the experiment.
  • The overstatement did not impact our calculation of the audited indirect rates.
  • Any substantial overstatement of pension liabilities.
  • To say that much of it was over my head is a drastic overstatement.
  • The seating capacity is given as five to six thousand, which is an overstatement by about fifteen to twenty-five hundred.
British Dictionary definitions for overstatement


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

1803, from over- + statement.



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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