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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Duomo at Milan was squat, ugly, overrated, and the hotel charges in that city were most exorbitant.

    The Recipe for Diamonds Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
  • Shakespeare's knowledge of men and women has been overrated.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • They often overrated their influence, believing that the Jews at court could obtain a hearing with the king at any time.

  • I find, however, that I have overrated the strength that remains to me.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • This long speech was too much for her; she had overrated her strength about it, and the sustenance of irony.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
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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