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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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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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