[verb uhn-der-es-tuh-meyt; noun uhn-der-es-tuh-mit, -meyt]
- to estimate at too low a value, rate, or the like.
- to make an estimate lower than that which would be correct.
- an estimate that is too low.
Origin of underestimate
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1. undervalue, underrate, misjudge, miscalculate.
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Examples from the Web for underestimate
Democrats would be mistaken to underestimate Mike Huckabee, perhaps the strongest Republican presidential contender.Why This Liberal Hearts Huckabee
January 6, 2015
She really becomes the image of someone you might underestimate or take for granted.How the Circus Got a Social Conscience
November 7, 2014
I think people also underestimate how much we really do write it all in six days.How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star
October 31, 2014
Do not underestimate Governor Perry, because he has a record to run on that sings a real song of hope, change, and job creation.Who Does the GOP Really Have To Run Against Hillary in 2016?
January 14, 2014
It would be a serious error, that smile is saying, to underestimate a fearsome adversary with his best days ahead of him.The Mystery of Mikhail Khodorkovsky
January 2, 2014
It would be for most people, but I think you underestimate your cheek, as you call it.In the Midst of Alarms
You underestimate your favors, if you fancy they are easily forgotten!The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
Oh, not that I underestimate the home women or the sheltered women.The Gorgeous Girl
It is obvious that at about that time everybody was inclined to underestimate his chances.Lord Jim
Bidwell did not underestimate his importance in this rush of gold-frenzied men.They of the High Trails
- to make too low an estimate ofhe underestimated the cost
- to think insufficiently highly ofto underestimate a person
- too low an estimate
Underestimate is sometimes wrongly used where overestimate is meant: the importance of his work cannot be overestimated (not cannot be underestimated)
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Word Origin and History for underestimate
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