underestimate

verb un·der·es·ti·mate \ ˌən-dər-ˈe-stə-ˌmāt \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of underestimate

1 : to estimate as being less than the actual size, quantity, or number
2 : to place too low a value on : underrate

underestimate

play \ˌən-dər-ˈe-stə-mət\ noun

underestimation

play \ˌən-dər-ˌe-stə-ˈmā-shən\ noun

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.

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First Known Use of underestimate

1792

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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UNDERESTIMATE Defined for English Language Learners

underestimate

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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