Definition of overstate in English:



  • State too strongly; exaggerate.

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