Definition of overstate in English:



  • Express or state too strongly; exaggerate.

    ‘I may have overstated my case to make my point’
    • ‘Political pundits are often accused, usually rightly, of overstating the significance of by-election results.’
    • ‘The value of a strong home-school partnership cannot be overstated.’
    • ‘But overstating threats and dismissing the concerns of friends does not build a strong alliance.’
    • ‘The importance of this book for the future of the Church of Christ can hardly be overstated.’
    • ‘See, I'm prone to exaggeration, or at least overstating an argument.’
    • ‘Statisticians say the inflation figures may overstate the speed of price rises.’
    • ‘You know, to say that they would be confused might be overstating it.’
    • ‘I'm overstating the obvious, but try to imagine a successful relationship between a man who loves chalga and a woman who favors Bach.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At first I thought the article was overstating the extent to which other EU citizens would be paying for the privilege.’
    • ‘If the consumer price index sometimes overstates inflation, as some have argued, that could understate progress against poverty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To say I am cheered by this might be overstating the case.’
    • ‘It would hardly overstate the case to say that Lee was worried about how this would turn out.’
    • ‘Many also attacked the FSA's cost-benefit analysis for underestimating the cost of new rules and overstating the likely benefits.’
    • ‘Some of the myths are overstated, but many have a strong element of truth to them.’
    • ‘I'm possibly overstating things a little, but bear with me.’
    • ‘I'm overstating the point, obviously, but then I always do.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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