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overstate

verb [T] uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈsteɪt/ us    /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/
to describe or explain something in a way that makes it seem more important or serious than it really is: The impact of the new legislation has been greatly overstated. The shareholders seem to think that the executive board is overstating the case for a merger.
Opposite
Exaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding
(Definition of overstate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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