underestimate

[ verb uhn-der-es-tuh-meyt; noun uhn-der-es-tuh-mit, -meyt ]
/ verb ˌʌn dərˈɛs təˌmeɪt; noun ˌʌn dərˈɛs tə mɪt, -ˌmeɪt /

verb (used with object), un·der·es·ti·mat·ed, un·der·es·ti·mat·ing.

to estimate at too low a value, rate, or the like.

verb (used without object), un·der·es·ti·mat·ed, un·der·es·ti·mat·ing.

to make an estimate lower than that which would be correct.

noun

an estimate that is too low.

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Origin of underestimate

First recorded in 1805–15; under- + estimate

OTHER WORDS FROM underestimate

un·der·es·ti·ma·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for underestimate

underestimate
/ (ˌʌndərˈɛstɪˌmeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to make too low an estimate ofhe underestimated the cost
to think insufficiently highly ofto underestimate a person

noun (ˌʌndərˈɛstɪmɪt)

too low an estimate

Derived forms of underestimate

underestimation, noun

usage for underestimate

Underestimate is sometimes wrongly used where overestimate is meant: the importance of his work cannot be overestimated (not cannot be underestimated)
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