[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 overestimate
People also have a tendency to overestimate how moral they have been.It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral
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Say that survey findings are a 1% overestimate of the true incidence.Guns Don't Make You Safer, Ctd.
December 12, 2012
Both men and women overestimate inflation, but women tend to overestimate it much more.Women Notice Inflation More than Men
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On the whole they were pessimistic, and tended to overestimate how high taxes were.Tea Partiers Still Out to Lunch
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It's hard to overestimate Olbermann's importance to MSNBC since his second stint with the network began in 2003.Olbermann Should Apologize
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Be it considered, also, that men often overestimate their capacity for evil.Fancy's Show-Box (From "Twice Told Tales")
It would be difficult, however, to overestimate its indirect consequences.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
The French did not overestimate the magnitude of the victory they had won.
It is impossible to overestimate the durability of homespun materials.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
It would be difficult to overestimate the effect of these Letters abroad.
- (tr) to value or estimate too highly
- an estimate that is too high
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