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“overstate” in British English

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overstateverb [ T ]

uk /ˌəʊ.vəˈsteɪt/ us /ˌoʊ.vɚˈsteɪt/

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.
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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 trade war is vastly overstated.

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“overstate” in Business English

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overstateverb [ T ]

uk /ˌəʊvəˈsteɪt/ us

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 executive board 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)