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[oh-ver-reyt] /ˌoʊ vərˈreɪt/
verb (used with object), overrated, overrating.
to rate or appraise too highly; overestimate:
I think you overrate their political influence.
Origin of overrate
1580-90; over- + rate1
overpraise, overesteem, magnify. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overrated
  • In my experience college degrees are extremely overrated.
  • One of its main themes will be that the effect of globalisation has been overrated.
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  • College nowadays is no bargain, and is highly overrated.
  • Another overrated executive level type that was in over their head.
  • Another way to look at this is to say, objectivity is overrated.
  • Sight, particularly as it pertains to extreme athletic feats, is fast becoming overrated.
  • The notion of paying for superstars is overrated anyway.
  • The boost a slugger gets from a corked bat is highly overrated.
  • To paint bands you know nothing about with broad, meaningless strokes, you need only two adjectives: overrated and underrated.
British Dictionary definitions for overrated


(transitive) to assess too highly
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Word Origin and History for overrated



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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