overevaluate

verb over·eval·u·ate \ ˌō-vər-i-ˈval-yə-ˌwāt , -yü-ˌāt \

Definition of overevaluate

overevaluated; overevaluating
: to evaluate (someone or something) too much or too highly: such as
a : to evaluate (something) as being greater than the actual size, quantity, or number
  • overevaluating the increase in the value of the association by failing to subtract its liabilities from its assets.
  • —Ronald L. Brown
b : to judge (someone or something) as being greater in ability, importance, or value than that person or thing actually is
  • overevaluated himself
  • … poor performers are likely to overevaluate their performance …
  • —Manuel London
  • Studies consistently show a tendency for humans to overweight and overevaluate negative information when compared to positive.
  • —Donald G. Ellis
c : to evaluate (someone or something) to an excessive degree
  • Your natural tendency may be to overevaluate each statement …
  • —Lee Wherry Brainerd and C. Roebuck Reed
  • Stop overevaluating your body. Stop overevaluating other people's bodies. By judging obsessively, we create turmoil in our own body and mind.
  • —Nadia R. Adams

overevaluation

play \ˌō-vər-i-ˌval-yə-ˈwā-shən, -yü-ˈā-\ noun, plural overevaluations
    • overevaluation of the company's potential profits
    • the effect of overevaluation of weight on self-esteem

First Known Use of overevaluate

1909

in the meaning defined above

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