over·​eval·​u·​ate | \ ˌō-vər-i-ˈval-yə-ˌwāt How to pronounce overevaluate (audio) , -yü-ˌāt\
overevaluated; overevaluating

Definition of overevaluate

transitive verb

: 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

Other Words from overevaluate

overevaluation \ ˌō-​vər-​i-​ˌval-​yə-​ˈwā-​shən How to pronounce overevaluation (audio) , -​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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