[verb oh-ver-es-tuh-meyt; noun oh-ver-es-tuh-mit]
- to estimate at too high a value, amount, rate, or the like: Don't overestimate the car's trade-in value.
- to hold in too great esteem or to expect too much from: Don't overestimate him—he's no smarter than you are.
- an estimate that is too high.
Origin of overestimate
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Examples from the Web for over-estimate
It is impossible to over-estimate the importance or advantage of this fact to the artist.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
It is impossible to over-estimate the value of this safety-valve.The Soul of a People
It is hardly possible to over-estimate the influence of these schools.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
It is impossible to over-estimate the significance of these two states of the system.Time and Tide
Robert S. (Robert Stawell) Ball
We must not, however, over-estimate the significance of this statement.The Story of the Heavens
Robert Stawell Ball
- (tr) to value or estimate too highly
- an estimate that is too high
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Word Origin and History for over-estimate
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