verb (used with object), o·ver·stat·ed, o·ver·stat·ing.
- to state too strongly; exaggerate: to overstate one’s position in a controversy.
- (tr) to state too strongly; exaggerate or overemphasize
v.1630s, “assume too much grandeur;” see over- + state (n.1). Meaning “state too strongly” is attested from 1798, from state (v.). Related: Overstated, overstating.