verb (used with object), o·ver·rat·ed, o·ver·rat·ing.

to rate or appraise too highly; overestimate: I think you overrate their political influence.

Origin of overrate

First recorded in 1580–90; over- + rate1

Synonyms for overrate

overpraise, overesteem, magnify.
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(tr) to assess too highly
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Word Origin and History for overrate

1610s, from over- + rate (v.). Related: Overrated; overrating.

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