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"overstate" in British English

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overstateverb [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 ​shareholdersseem to ​think that the ​executiveboard is overstating the case for a ​merger.
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(Definition of overstate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overstate" in American English

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overstateverb [T]

 us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈsteɪt/
to ​state something too ​strongly, or to ​state that it is ​greater than it really is: The ​prospect of a ​tradewar is ​vastly overstated.
(Definition of overstate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"overstate" in Business English

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overstateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌəʊvəˈsteɪt/
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 ​executiveboard is overstating the ​case for a ​merger.greatly/vastly overstate sth The ​impact of the new ​legislation has been greatly overstated.
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(Definition of overstate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “overstate”
in Chinese (Simplified) 把…讲得过分, 夸大…
in Turkish mübalağa etmek, abartmak…
in Russian преувеличивать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 把…講得過分, 誇大…
in Polish wyolbrzymiać, przesadzać z…
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