[oh-ver-steyt] /ˌoʊ vərˈsteɪt/

verb (used with object), overstated, overstating.
to too strongly; exaggerate:
to overstate one’s position in a controversy.
(transitive) to state too strongly; exaggerate or overemphasize

1803, from over- + statement.

1630s, “assume too much grandeur;” see over- + state (n.1). Meaning “state too strongly” is attested from 1798, from state (v.). Related: Overstated, overstating.


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