underestimate


un·der·es·ti·mate

verb \ˌən-dər-ˈes-tə-ˌmāt\

: to estimate (something) as being less than the actual size, quantity, or number

: to think of (someone or something) as being lower in ability, influence, or value than that person or thing actually is

Full Definition of UNDERESTIMATE

transitive verb
1
:  to estimate as being less than the actual size, quantity, or number
2
:  to place too low a value on :  underrate
un·der·es·ti·mate \-mət\ noun
un·der·es·ti·ma·tion \-ˌes-tə-ˈmā-shən\ noun

Examples of UNDERESTIMATE

  1. The city underestimated the cost of the new building.
  2. The number of people in the crowd was underestimated by 5,000.
  3. Never underestimate the importance of a good education.
  4. Her talent has always been underestimated.

First Known Use of UNDERESTIMATE

1792

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