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overestimate

[ verb oh-ver-es-tuh-meyt; noun oh-ver-es-tuh-mit ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈɛs təˌmeɪt; noun ˈoʊ vərˈɛs tə mɪt /
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verb (used with object), o·ver·es·ti·mat·ed, o·ver·es·ti·mat·ing.

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.

noun

an estimate that is too high.

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overegg, overelaborate, overemphasis, overemphasize, overenthusiastic, overestimate, overexcite, overexcited, overexert, overexpansion, overexpose

Origin of overestimate

First recorded in 1815–25; over- + estimate
Related formso·ver·es·ti·ma·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for over-estimate

overestimate


verb (ˌəʊvərˈɛstɪˌmeɪt)

(tr) to value or estimate too highly

noun (ˌəʊvərˈɛstɪmɪt)

an estimate that is too high
Derived Formsoverestimation, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-estimate

over-estimate


v.

1768, from over- + estimate (v.). Related: Over-estimated; over-estimating.

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