overrate

verb
over·​rate | \ˈō-vər-ˌrāt \
overrated; overrating; overrates

Definition of overrate 

transitive verb

: to rate, value, or estimate too highly overrates his importance to the team

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Synonyms & Antonyms for overrate

Synonyms

overestimate, overvalue

Antonyms

underestimate, underrate, undervalue

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Examples of overrate in a Sentence

The coach tends to overrate the players on his own team. I think the critics seriously overrated that movie.

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With new movies, the tendency is to overrate them, but then time passes and sorts things out. Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle, "What are the most overrated movies?," 6 June 2018 The corresponding action is to overrate certain traits (heavy on combine buzz) in a quick effort to get caught up. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Another NFL Combine Is in the Books. What Did It All Mean?," 6 Mar. 2018 Those who didn’t like Washington’s side of the Alex Smith trade couldn’t help but overrate third-year corner Kendall Fuller, who was shipped to Kansas City in that deal. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Chiefs' draft grades range from a B to a D-minus from national NFL writers | The Kansas City Star," 30 Apr. 2018 Those who didn’t like Washington’s side of the Alex Smith trade couldn’t help but overrate third-year corner Kendall Fuller, who was shipped to Kansas City in that deal. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Chiefs' draft grades range from a B to a D-minus from national NFL writers | The Kansas City Star," 30 Apr. 2018 Three thousand years from now scholars may be trying to piece together Mr. Trump’s tweets as fragments of a coherent metaphysical system based on truthful hyperbole: war is all, winning is good, Krauthammer is overrated. WSJ, "Modern Heraclitus: Trump’s Genius for Chaos," 1 July 2018 RB Ronald Jones II Jones has home-run hitting speed, though that can be overrated in pro football. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "NFL Draft Grades: Analysis of Every Second- and Third-Round Pick," 27 Apr. 2018 Those who didn’t like Washington’s side of the Alex Smith trade couldn’t help but overrate third-year corner Kendall Fuller, who was shipped to Kansas City in that deal. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Chiefs' draft grades range from a B to a D-minus from national NFL writers | The Kansas City Star," 30 Apr. 2018 His politics were revolutionary but, like most of the English Romantics, his poetry was overrated. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Poor Mary Shelley!," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of overrate

1599, in the meaning defined above

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overrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overrate

: to rate, value, or praise (someone or something) too highly

overrate

verb
over·​rate | \ˌō-vər-ˈrāt \
overrated; overrating

Kids Definition of overrate

: to value or praise too highly The restaurant is overrated.

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