Meaning of “overstatement” in the English Dictionary

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"overstatement" in British English

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overstatementnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌəʊ.vəˈsteɪt.mənt/ /ˈəʊ.vəˌsteɪt.mənt/ us /ˌoʊ.vɚˈsteɪt.mənt/ /ˈoʊ.vɚˌsteɪt.mənt/

the act of describing or explaining something in a way that makes it seem more important or more serious than it really is:

It would be an overstatement to say that she deserved to win the race.

(Definition of “overstatement” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overstatement" in Business English

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overstatementnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈəʊvəˌsteɪtmənt/ us

a statement that something is larger, more important, or more serious than it really is:

An internal inquiry into accounting irregularities revealed a $70m overstatement by a subsidiary company.
The mistake resulted in an overstatement of inventory.

(Definition of “overstatement” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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