- to rate or appraise too highly; overestimate: I think you overrate their political influence.
Origin of overrate
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overpraise, overesteem, magnify.
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Examples from the Web for overrated
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The arts are overrated, but the real estate is bubbling like the witch's cauldron in MacBeth.Friday Forum: What's the Most Underrated City?
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Shakespeare's knowledge of men and women has been overrated.The Man Shakespeare
I find, however, that I have overrated the strength that remains to me.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
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They feared he had overrated his ability, but were ready to applaud his pluck.The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus
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For once his pride and determination had overrated his physical strength.Tom, Dick and Harry
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Yes, the view had certainly not been overrated, and X. was glad he came.From Jungle to Java
- (tr) to assess too highly
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Word Origin and History for overrated
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