• 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

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