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[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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  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-estimation

omission, misstep, aberration, fault, lapse, miscalculation, blunder, inaccuracy, snafu, confusion, gaffe, misconception, oversight, misjudgment, error, misunderstanding, misinterpretation, falsehood, excess, fantasy

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Historical Examples of over-estimation

  • I think it is the reaction to their over-estimation in former times.

    A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis

    Sigmund Freud

  • Her fertile character was free from all taint of over-estimation of herself.

  • This is the way the spirit of youth is emasculated, deadened through an over-estimation of one's own value.

  • Even with a very complete elementary training this is not an over-estimation, assuming that equipment is up to date and complete.

  • Was this a deliberate boast, self-deception, or merely an over-estimation of morbid feelings?

British Dictionary definitions for over-estimation


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-estimation


1793, noun of action from over-estimate (v.).

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