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Definition of overstate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    overstate somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overstate
    he / she / it overstates
    past simple overstated
    -ing form overstating
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  1. 1to say something in a way that makes it seem more important than it really is synonym exaggerate
  2. 2 He tends to overstate his case when talking politics. The seriousness of the crime cannot be overstated. Her musical talent has been a little overstated. opposite understate
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noun [countable, uncountable] It is not an overstatement to say a crisis is imminent.
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