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.

Nearby words

  1. undereducate,
  2. underemphasis,
  3. underemphasize,
  4. underemployed,
  5. underendowed,
  6. underexpose,
  7. underexposed,
  8. underexposure,
  9. underfed,
  10. underfeed

Origin of underestimate

First recorded in 1805–15; under- + estimate

Related formsun·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 Formsunderestimation, noun

usage

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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