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verb (used with object), o·ver·rat·ed, o·ver·rat·ing.
  1. to rate or appraise too highly; overestimate: I think you overrate their political influence.

Origin of overrate

First recorded in 1580–90; over- + rate1


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overpraise, overesteem, magnify.
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Examples from the Web for overrate

Historical Examples

  • If you fancy that I exaggerate this power, or overrate its extent, listen to one fact.

    Gerald Fitzgerald

    Charles James Lever

  • That I did not overrate the peril before me, events soon proved.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan

    Charles James Lever

  • It is impossible to overrate the significance of this event.

  • It is hard to overrate the consequences of the fall of New Orleans.

  • Yet it would be impossible to overrate the delicacy of that situation.

    On the Heels of De Wet</p>

    The Intelligence Officer

British Dictionary definitions for overrate


  1. (tr) to assess too highly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for overrate


1610s, from over- + rate (v.). Related: Overrated; overrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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