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[v. oh-ver-es-tuh-meyt; n. oh-ver-es-tuh-mit] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈɛs təˌmeɪt; n. ˈoʊ vərˈɛs tə mɪt/
verb (used with object), overestimated, overestimating.
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.
Origin of overestimate
1815-25; over- + estimate
Related forms
overestimation, noun Unabridged
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  • We profoundly overestimate our ability to see things as they are.
  • Don't overestimate your capacity to rehab a property.
  • There are many ways to overestimate how many people have been exposed to a particular virus.
  • His opponents, one hopes, overestimate the negative effect of his race.
  • One should not overestimate the consequences of a change in mood, but ultimately human affairs are shaped by human beings.
  • We forget about unpredictability when it is our turn to predict, and overestimate our own knowledge.
  • And it is partly because people seem to have a natural tendency to overestimate the distance-destroying quality of technology.
  • Politicians tend to overestimate how much public opinion, once formed, can be moved by tactics and strategies.
  • Perhaps more people ignore the fact that taxes will go up than overestimate those tax increases.
  • There is some evidence that people now overestimate the risks of smoking.
British Dictionary definitions for overestimate


verb (ˌəʊvərˈɛstɪˌmeɪt)
(transitive) to value or estimate too highly
noun (ˌəʊvərˈɛstɪmɪt)
an estimate that is too high
Derived Forms
overestimation, noun
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