overstate

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EtymologyEdit

over- +‎ state.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌəʊ.vəˈsteɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌoʊ.vɚˈsteɪt/
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VerbEdit

overstate (third-person singular simple present overstates, present participle overstating, simple past and past participle overstated)

  1. 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.
    He was suggested not to overstate at the interview.
    • 1963 July, “News and Comment: Dr. Beeching's overstatement”, in Modern Railways, page 3:
      In a closely reasoned article in The Guardian, Mr. D. L. Munby, Oxford University's Reader in the Economics and Organisation of Transport, has taken Dr. Beeching to task for overstating his case for withdrawing stopping train services as money-losers.

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