underestimate

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verb un·der·es·ti·mate \ˌən-dər-ˈes-tə-ˌmāt\

Definition of underestimate

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to estimate as being less than the actual size, quantity, or number

  3. 2 :  to place too low a value on :  underrate

underestimate

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underestimation

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Examples of underestimate in a sentence

  1. The city underestimated the cost of the new building.

  2. The number of people in the crowd was underestimated by 5,000.

  3. Never underestimate the importance of a good education.

  4. Her talent has always been underestimated.

1792

First Known Use of underestimate

1792


UNDERESTIMATE Defined for English Language Learners

underestimate

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verb un·der·es·ti·mate \ˌən-dər-ˈes-tə-ˌmāt\

Definition of underestimate for English Language Learners

  • : to estimate (something) as being less than the actual size, quantity, or number

  • : to think of (someone or something) as being lower in ability, influence, or value than that person or thing actually is



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