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verb (used with object), o·ver·rat·ed, o·ver·rat·ing.
  1. to rate or appraise too highly; overestimate: I think you overrate their political influence.
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Origin of overrate

First recorded in 1580–90; over- + rate1


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overpraise, overesteem, magnify.
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  • If you fancy that I exaggerate this power, or overrate its extent, listen to one fact.

    Gerald Fitzgerald

    Charles James Lever

  • That I did not overrate the peril before me, events soon proved.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan

    Charles James Lever

  • It is impossible to overrate the significance of this event.

  • It is hard to overrate the consequences of the fall of New Orleans.

  • Yet it would be impossible to overrate the delicacy of that situation.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer

British Dictionary definitions for overrate


  1. (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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