overstate

  • 1 overstate — UK US /ˌəʊvəˈsteɪt/ verb [T] ► to describe or explain something in a way that makes it seem more important or serious than it really is: »The shareholders seem to think that the executive board is overstating the case for a merger. greatly/vastly …

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  • 2 Overstate — O ver*state , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overstated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overstating}.] To state in too strong terms; to exaggerate. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 overstate — index distort, magnify, misrepresent, overestimate, slant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 overstate — (v.) 1630s, assume too much grandeur, from OVER (Cf. over) + STATE (Cf. state) (n.1). Meaning state too strongly attested 1803, OVER (Cf. over) + STATE (Cf. state) (v.). Related: Overstated …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 overstate — [v] exaggerate amplify, blow out of proportion*, boast, boost, brag, build up, embellish, embroider, emphasize, enlarge, exalt, expand, fabricate, fudge*, heighten, hike, inflate, lay it on thick*, lie, magnify, misquote, misreport, misrepresent …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 overstate — ► VERB ▪ exaggerate or state too emphatically. DERIVATIVES overstatement noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 overstate — [ō′vər stāt΄] vt. overstated, overstating to give an extravagant or magnified account of (facts, truth, etc.); exaggerate overstatement n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 overstate — UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈsteɪt] / US [ˌoʊvərˈsteɪt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms overstate : present tense I/you/we/they overstate he/she/it overstates present participle overstating past tense overstated past participle overstated formal to… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 overstate — overstatement, n. /oh veuhr stayt /, v.t., overstated, overstating. to state too strongly; exaggerate: to overstate one s position in a controversy. [1630 40; OVER + STATE] Syn. overstress, embroider, magnify. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 10 overstate — verb Overstate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑case, ↑extent, ↑importance …

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  • 11 overstate — /oʊvəˈsteɪt / (say ohvuh stayt) verb (t) (overstated, overstating) to state too strongly; exaggerate in statement: to overstate one s case. –overstatement, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 12 overstate — transitive verb Date: 1803 to state in too strong terms ; exaggerate < overstated his qualifications > • overstatement noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 overstate — verb /ˌəʊ.vəˈsteɪt,ˌoʊ.vɚˈsteɪt/ To exaggerate; to state or claim too much. I think it is overstating matters to say that an hour online is spending all night on the computer. Ant: understate …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 overstate — Synonyms and related words: aggrandize, amplify, ballyhoo, belie, blow up, build up, burlesque, camouflage, caricature, carry too far, color, disguise, distort, draw the longbow, dress up, embellish, embroider, enlarge, exaggerate, falsify, fudge …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 overstate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. exaggerate, overclaim, overdo, overdraw, overembellish. See exaggeration.Ant., understate, minimize. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. overstress, expand upon, amplify, emphasize; see exaggerate , exceed .… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 overstate — o|ver|state [ˌəuvəˈsteıt US ˌouvər ] v [T] to talk about something in a way that makes it seem more important, serious etc than it really is = ↑exaggerate ≠ ↑understate ▪ To say that all motorists speed in residential areas is overstating the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 overstate — o|ver|state [ ,ouvər steıt ] verb intransitive or transitive FORMAL to talk about something in a way that makes it seem more important, impressive, or severe than it really is: EXAGGERATE: He may have overstated his ability in the interview. a.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 overstate — [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)ste͟ɪt[/t]] overstates, overstating, overstated VERB If you say that someone is overstating something, you mean they are describing it in a way that makes it seem more important or serious than it really is. [V n] The authors no doubt …

    English dictionary

  • 19 overstate — v. exaggerate, hyperbolize, stretch the truth, embellish …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 overstate — verb state too emphatically; exaggerate. Derivatives overstatement noun …

    English new terms dictionary