Definition of overstate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

overstate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈsteɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈsteɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overstate
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈsteɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈsteɪt//
 
he / she / it overstates
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈsteɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈsteɪts//
 
past simple overstated
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈsteɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈsteɪtɪd//
 
past participle overstated
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈsteɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈsteɪtɪd//
 
-ing form overstating
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈsteɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈsteɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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overstate something to say something in a way that makes it seem more important than it really is synonym exaggerate 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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