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English definition of “overstate”

overstate

verb [T]     /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 understateExaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding
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