- 1to say something in a way that makes it seem more important than it really is synonym exaggerate
- 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
NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈsteɪt//overstate somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overstate
he / she / it overstates
past simple overstated
-ing form overstating
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NAmE//ˈoʊvərˌsteɪtmənt//noun [countable, uncountable] It is not an overstatement to say a crisis is imminent.