over·​val·​ue | \ ˌō-vər-ˈval-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce overvalue (audio) \
overvalued; overvaluing; overvalues

Definition of overvalue

transitive verb

1 : to assign an excessive value to overvalue a stock
2 : to value too highly : place too much importance on overvalued his contribution to the group's effort

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Other Words from overvalue

overvaluation \ ˌō-​vər-​ˌval-​yə-​ˈwā-​shən How to pronounce overvalue (audio) \ noun

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Examples of overvalue in a Sentence

He overvalues the opinions of his friends. some people overvalue material things
Recent Examples on the Web It’s because we’re wired to overvalue our present and near future and undervalue that which is further down the road. Tim Maurer, Forbes, 8 May 2022 Business owners will either undervalue or overvalue their business, hurting the chances of acquisition. Omer Riaz, Forbes, 4 May 2022 The third is that Americans consistently overvalue the ability of economic sanctions to influence the strategic choices of other countries. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2022 For example, many routinely overvalue any evidence that supports their pre-existing views while downplaying or ignoring anything that cuts the other way. Ilya Somin, The Week, 27 Dec. 2021 Press, a professor at Dartmouth University, argues that leaders consistently overvalue the importance of credibility in foreign policy decision-making. Michael A. Cohen, The New Republic, 18 Oct. 2021 And we are taught to overvalue whiteness even when there’s no white people around. Jean Guerrero Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 Some accelerators overvalue their contributions to a startup, and each entrepreneur needs to vet whether an accelerator will be a net benefit for the company, said Mike Krenn, the CEO of San Diego’s startup nonprofit Connect. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2021 Tax assessors systematically undervalue America’s priciest homes and consistently overvalue the country’s least expensive homes. Thiru Vignarajah, WSJ, 16 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of overvalue

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 May 2022

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“Overvalue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overvalue. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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