• WordNet 3.6
    • v overstate to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Overstate To state in too strong terms; to exaggerate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overstate To exaggerate in statement; express or declare in too strong terms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Overstate ō-vėr-stāt′ to state over and above: to exaggerate
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In literature:

To any officer starting on a life career, it is impossible to overstate its importance.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
And it would be easy to overstate that thesis in such a way as to make it untrue.
"Montaigne and Shakspere" by John M. Robertson
The facts seemed overstated.
"The Goat-gland Transplantation" by Sydney B. Flower
Do I overstate the trooth, Dave?
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
That elementary grammar should be taught inductively is true to an extent, but often overstated.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
It would be difficult to overstate the enthusiasm with which Kingo's hymns were received.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
The advantages of a record of this kind can hardly be overstated.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
It is impossible to overstate, or to regard with too much admiration, the significance of this single fact.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
The importance of written work cannot be overstated.
"Applied Design for Printers" by Harry Lawrence Gage
The moral and religious value of his work can scarcely be overstated.
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
The importance of written work cannot be overstated.
"Type Cases and Composing-room furniture" by A. A. Stewart
Surely, that's overstating the case?
"Rich Living" by Michael Cathal
She began to wonder whether Miss Janet had overstated them and the delights of independence.
"The Head Girl at the Gables" by Angela Brazil
Ivan had not overstated her age when he gave Felix the information.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
There is really no exaggeration in all this, although Irishmen are sometimes prone to overstating as well as to forgetting.
"The Revival of Irish Literature" by Charles Gavan Duffy
It came across her that Eric might have overstated his love to her, in order to lessen the feeling of shame on her part.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
He would have overstated the case and proved me the possessor of the original Eden.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
Better understate than overstate; better err on the side of moderation than excess.
"The Style Book of The Detroit News" by The Detroit News
For a while, a sense of guiltlessness supported me; I knew many of the accusations to be false, others grossly overstated.
"Sir Jasper Carew His Life and Experience" by Charles James Lever
The significance of this economic motive to war can hardly be overstated.
"American World Policies" by Walter E. Weyl

In news:

We'd stayed there once before, and I can't overstate how down-home happy this place makes me.
Joe Giblin / AP Photo In this July 30, 2011 file photo, Earl Scruggs performs at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. (AP) — It may be impossible to overstate the importance of bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs to American music.
Nov 12, 2012 — Some Republicans say Romney's loss is partly the fault of conservative media that kept overstating the candidate's real strength.
Realtor Group May Have Overstated Number of Existing Houses Sold Since 2007.
Failure Rate of Schools Overstated, Study Says.
The EPA has announced that Hyundai and Kia overstated the fuel economy numbers on a variety of their vehicles.
Regulators have found that Hyundai and Kia motor corporations have overstated the fuel economy for many of their vehicles.
Report on California ' exodus ' overstates case.
A jury award of $1.05 billion vastly overstates the real worth of each patent.
Automakers admit they overstated fuel economy on 2012 and 2013 models.
'Cliff' overstates pace of harm to economy.
"It is difficult to overstate how offensive elected Republicans find the sabotage accusation," complained former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson.
Compensation forthcoming for overstated gas mileage.
At the risk of being redundant, I can't overstate what a powerful experience BLACK ENTERPRISE's Women of Power Summit is for me each year.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) may take another look at diesel retrofit rules adopted a year ago because the lead researcher overstated his credentials.

In science:

However, in retrospect we have doubts about the suitabilty of the extra data, and about the efficacy of redshift binning, see discussion later; the precision in Jackson & Jannetta (2006) has been overstated.
Is there a standard measuring rod in the Universe?
The relative streaming motion is linearly overstable (YG05), behaving similarly to the GP00 toy model.
Forming Planetesimals in Solar and Extrasolar Nebulae
There are now mass fluxes (dashed arrows) that amplify the original density perturbation; the mode is overstable.
Forming Planetesimals in Solar and Extrasolar Nebulae
Photon bubble instability is an overstable mode present in radiation supported, magnetized atmospheres.
A Godunov Method for Multidimensional Radiation Magnetohydrodynamics based on a variable Eddington tensor
It would be hard to overstate how wrong this conception of Bayesian statistics is.
Bayesian astrostatistics: a backward look to the future
The importance of this study cannot be overstated.
Blois V: Summary Talk
Such a conclusion would however overstate the facts: for its validity rests on the absence of nonperturbative corrections of order 1/mQ in the total widths, as proven in refs. [1, 2].
$D_s$ Lifetime, $m_b$, $m_c$ and $|V_{cb}|$ in the Heavy Quark Expansion
Without a correct treatment of correlated systematic errors, the effects of certain deviations between theory and experiment are enormously overstated.
QCD and Hadronic Interactions: Summary talk for Moriond 97
It is difficult to overstate its importance since it is the key to eventually establishing the fact that entropy is additive not only with respect to scaled copies of one system but also with respect to different kinds of systems. T3) Zeroth law of thermodynamics.
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
The importance of theoretically well founded event generators which describe experimental data to a satisfactory degree can in general not be overstated.
Summary of activities in the Working Group on QCD Cascades of the HERA Monte Carlo workshop
One should be very cautious here, and not overstate the possibility to ‘see’ early universe physics in the CMB.
How much will we learn from the CMB ?
FIG. 8: The same as in Fig. 7a but with the inclusion of oscillating axisymmetric modes (overstability) appearing here for lower Reynolds numbers.
The linear MHD Taylor-Couette instability for liquid sodium
All the solutions are overstable for Bz · Bφ 6= 0 with eigenfrequencies approaching the viscous frequency.
Helical magnetorotational instability of Taylor-Couette flows in the Rayleigh limit and for quasi-Kepler rotation
The instability for such fie ld geometries forms an overstable pattern of axisymmetric perturbations of flow and field.
Helical magnetorotational instability of Taylor-Couette flows in the Rayleigh limit and for quasi-Kepler rotation
Even if the nature of the single prediction could be determined, in both cases the single prediction overstates the accuracy of the prediction procedure.
Objective Methods for Assessing Models for Wildfire Spread