underestimate

verb
un·​der·​es·​ti·​mate | \ ˌən-dər-ˈe-stə-ˌmāt How to pronounce underestimate (audio) \
underestimated; underestimating; underestimates

Definition of underestimate

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from underestimate

underestimate \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈe-​stə-​mət How to pronounce underestimate (audio) \ noun
underestimation \ ˌən-​dər-​ˌe-​stə-​ˈmā-​shən How to pronounce underestimation (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for underestimate

Synonyms

underrate, undervalue

Antonyms

overestimate, overrate, overvalue

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Examples of underestimate in a Sentence

The city underestimated the cost of the new building. The number of people in the crowd was underestimated by 5,000. Never underestimate the importance of a good education. Her talent has always been underestimated.
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As a president, Dr. Smith wrote, Grant was underestimated by patrician historians and by defenders of the Confederacy, who resented his efforts to promote voting rights for African Americans and to eliminate the Ku Klux Klan. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Jean Edward Smith, biographer who reassessed presidential reputations, dies at 86," 16 Sep. 2019 As a president, Dr. Smith wrote, Grant was underestimated by patrician historians and by defenders of the Confederacy, who resented his efforts to promote voting rights for African-Americans and to eliminate the Ku Klux Klan. BostonGlobe.com, "He had complications from Parkinson’s disease, said his wife, Christine Smith.," 16 Sep. 2019 As a result, these totals might even be underestimated. Fortune, "A New Record on People Displaced by Extreme Weather: raceAhead," 12 Sep. 2019 Such women are rare, and dangerously underestimated, in Gilead. Lucy Feldman, Time, "Let's Break Down the Most Mysterious Parts of The Testaments, With a Little Help From Margaret Atwood," 10 Sep. 2019 But underestimated with a low threat-factor like Fabio and Jud. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Meet the cast of Survivor: Island of the Idols," 9 Sep. 2019 As an actress, she's long gravitated towards playing underestimated, strong women, including Bonnie Carlson on Big Little Lies and Toast in Mad Max: Fury Road. Rachel Lubitz, refinery29.com, "Zoë Kravitz Named Her New YSL Lipsticks After People She Loves," 22 Aug. 2019 Did the network underestimate some of its most talented performers? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Gwendoline Christie Submitted Herself for Emmys Consideration When HBO Didn't," 8 Aug. 2019 People really underestimate it for its food and culture. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Awkwafina On Traveling to Asia for 'The Farewell' and 'Crazy Rich Asians'," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of underestimate

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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underestimate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of underestimate

: 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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