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overestimate

[verb oh-ver-es-tuh-meyt; noun oh-ver-es-tuh-mit]
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verb (used with object), o·ver·es·ti·mat·ed, o·ver·es·ti·mat·ing.
  1. to estimate at too high a value, amount, rate, or the like: Don't overestimate the car's trade-in value.
  2. to hold in too great esteem or to expect too much from: Don't overestimate him—he's no smarter than you are.
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noun
  1. an estimate that is too high.
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Origin of overestimate

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

widen, magnify, augment, bloat, escalate, exaggerate, enlarge, pad, boost, expand, overestimate, maximize, enhance, inflate, aggravate, overstate, overrate, misread, misinterpret, err

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Historical Examples of over-estimate

  • It is impossible to over-estimate the importance or advantage of this fact to the artist.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • It is impossible to over-estimate the value of this safety-valve.

  • It is hardly possible to over-estimate the influence of these schools.

  • It is impossible to over-estimate the significance of these two states of the system.

    Time and Tide

    Robert S. (Robert Stawell) Ball

  • We must not, however, over-estimate the significance of this statement.

    The Story of the Heavens

    Robert Stawell Ball


British Dictionary definitions for over-estimate

overestimate

verb (ˌəʊvərˈɛstɪˌmeɪt)
  1. (tr) to value or estimate too highly
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noun (ˌəʊvərˈɛstɪmɪt)
  1. an estimate that is too high
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Derived Formsoverestimation, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-estimate

v.

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

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