Definition of overstate in English:



[with object]
  • State too strongly; exaggerate.

    ‘I overstated my case to make my point’
    • ‘It would hardly overstate the case to say that Lee was worried about how this would turn out.’
    • ‘At first I thought the article was overstating the extent to which other EU citizens would be paying for the privilege.’
    • ‘To say I am cheered by this might be overstating the case.’
    • ‘If he couldn't get that support when he was overstating the threat, it's hard to see how he could ever have obtained it.’
    • ‘Statisticians say the inflation figures may overstate the speed of price rises.’
    • ‘But overstating threats and dismissing the concerns of friends does not build a strong alliance.’
    • ‘If the consumer price index sometimes overstates inflation, as some have argued, that could understate progress against poverty.’
    • ‘When covering a hurricane, there's no such thing as overstating the obvious.’
    • ‘The value of a strong home-school partnership cannot be overstated.’
    • ‘See, I'm prone to exaggeration, or at least overstating an argument.’
    • ‘I'm possibly overstating things a little, but bear with me.’
    • ‘Some of the myths are overstated, but many have a strong element of truth to them.’
    • ‘I'm overstating the obvious, but try to imagine a successful relationship between a man who loves chalga and a woman who favors Bach.’
    • ‘I don't think I'm overstating their response by suggesting that he had senior members of the commission crawling up the wall with irritation.’
    • ‘You know, to say that they would be confused might be overstating it.’
    • ‘I'm overstating the point, obviously, but then I always do.’
    • ‘Political pundits are often accused, usually rightly, of overstating the significance of by-election results.’
    • ‘Many also attacked the FSA's cost-benefit analysis for underestimating the cost of new rules and overstating the likely benefits.’
    • ‘The urgency of taking more effective action to achieve these goals can hardly be overstated.’
    • ‘The importance of this book for the future of the Church of Christ can hardly be overstated.’
    exaggerate, overdo, overemphasize, overplay, dramatize, catastrophize, colour, embroider, embellish, enhance, magnify, inflate, amplify, make a mountain out of a molehill
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