over·​rate | \ ˈō-vər-ˌrāt How to pronounce overrate (audio) \
overrated; overrating; overrates

Definition of overrate

transitive verb

: to rate or value (someone or something) too highly By grossly overrating the danger from Communist agents inside the United States, the scaremongering of the House Un-American Activities Committee boosted the impression that Communist monsters in general were a mythical breed.— Norman Davies … they have an undersized shooting guard … who so vastly overrates his abilities that he declined management's five-year, $50 million extension offer.— Jack McCallum — see also overrated

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Synonyms & Antonyms for overrate


overestimate, overvalue


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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But aside from all the post-game wisdom that Kyrie Irving leaves behind, the lesson of the past six months in Boston is that waiting on a perfect solution is overrated. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "The Case for Kemba Walker on the Celtics," 26 June 2019 More significant than all of this, though, is the fact that surprise is overrated. J.b., The Economist, "Why spoilers are ruining storytelling," 7 June 2019 Symmetry, any designer will tell you, is overrated. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "3 Top Interior Designers Share the Rules They Always Break," 30 May 2019 While eating a few leaves can cause mild stomach upset, the rumors of its fatal effects are overrated. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "5 Holiday Plants That Are Way More Toxic Than Poinsettias to Cats and Dogs," 14 Dec. 2018 Peter Cappelli, a management professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, said multiple personal interviews are overrated. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "Yes, You’re Hired. No, We Don’t Need to Meet You First.," 15 Nov. 2018 Buttoning up your shirt is overrated—or so says Bella Hadid, who has stepped out in New York City yet again without properly fastening the closures on her top. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Wore an Unbuttoned Shirt Hanging Out With The Weeknd," 30 Oct. 2018 The runners’ village at the start line is overrated. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "14 Experienced New York City Marathoners Share Their Best Tips for First-Timers," 30 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of overrate

1599, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overrate

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


over·​rate | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrāt How to pronounce overrate (audio) \
overrated; overrating

Kids Definition of overrate

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

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