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overestimate

verb over·es·ti·mate \ ˌō-vər-ˈe-stə-ˌmāt \

Definition of overestimate

overestimated; overestimating
: to estimate or value (someone or something) too highly
  • … the senator had been so responsible about his potential tax liabilities that he had substantially overestimated what he owed the government.
  • —David Burnham
  • … our habit of overestimating our knowledge and underestimating our ignorance …
  • —David A. Shaywitz
  • The emotional power of this reunion can't be overestimated.
  • —Joe Klein
  • "I mean that I am afraid I overestimated him. I don't think that he is a painter of the first rank."
  • —Henry James

First Known Use of overestimate

1797

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overestimate

noun over·es·ti·mate \ ˌō-vər-ˈe-stə-mət \

Definition of overestimate

plural overestimates
: an estimate that is too high
  • overestimates of the company's future profits
  • Diamond still attacks the growth projections that the utilities have put forward, arguing that the … figures were overestimates
  • —Norman Boucher

First Known Use of overestimate

1828

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OVERESTIMATE Defined for Kids

overestimate

verb over·es·ti·mate \ ˌō-vər-ˈe-stə-ˌmāt \

Definition of overestimate for Students

overestimated; overestimating
: to estimate too highly
  • I overestimated the number of guests.


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