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.
an estimate that is too high.
- o·ver·es·ti·ma·tion, noun
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How to use overestimate in a sentence
Climate change is interfering with how researchers count bonobos, possibly leading to gross overestimates of the endangered apes, a new study suggests.Climate change may be leading to overcounts of endangered bonobos | Pratik Pawar | July 19, 2021 | Science News
People also have a tendency to overestimate how moral they have been.It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral | Elizabeth Picciuto | September 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Say that survey findings are a 1% overestimate of the true incidence.
In this sort of case you would always rather overestimate than underestimate.
Both men and women overestimate inflation, but women tend to overestimate it much more.
Americans tend to radically overestimate the benefits of "soft power" or "leading by example".
The sequel proved that he did not overestimate the time, but the process cost considerable bloodshed.Reminiscences of the Guilford Grays, Co. B., 27th N.C. Regiment | John A. Sloan
It would be hard to overestimate the importance of the primitive dance in the culture development of mankind.Introduction to the Science of Sociology | Robert E. Park
It is hard to overestimate the important part that company has played in the conduct of the Mesopotamian campaign.War in the Garden of Eden | Kermit Roosevelt
It is impossible to overestimate the ethnologic importance of the materials thus obtained.The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees | James Mooney
All the village was astir over the ball, as well as the Leverich house; it was impossible to overestimate its importance.The Wayfarers | Mary Stewart Cutting
British Dictionary definitions for overestimate
(tr) to value or estimate too highly
an estimate that is too high
- overestimation, noun
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