over·​pre·​dict ˌō-vər-pri-ˈdikt How to pronounce overpredict (audio)
overpredicted; overpredicting; overpredicts

transitive verb

: to predict by an amount that exceeds the actual value
overpredict inflation
overprediction noun

Examples of overpredict in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a result, meteorologists tend to overpredict snow. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 13 Jan. 2021 Because of this lack of data, computer models that simulate present and future climates overpredict how much sunlight reaches the ocean surface compared to what satellites actually observe. Thomas Hill, The Conversation, 19 June 2020 In the case of winter storm Stella, the American model massively overpredicted snowfall. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overpredict was in 1954

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“Overpredict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overpredict. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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