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Definition of underestimate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they underestimate
    he / she / it underestimates
    past simple underestimated
    -ing form underestimating
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  1. 1underestimate something underestimate what, how, etc… to think or guess that the amount, cost, or size of something is smaller than it really is to underestimate the cost of the project We underestimated the time it would take to get there. The statistics seriously underestimate the number of people affected. AWL Collocationsestimateestimate verbaccurately, correctly, reliably conservatively roughly empirically, quantitatively separatelyThese models were estimated separately for the 2000, 2004, and 2007 data sets.difficult to possible to impossible toPopulation figures are difficult to estimate, with figures ranging from 10 to 16 million.distance, size frequency, rate likelihood, probability abundance, prevalence varianceMeasuring risk means estimating the probability of an occurrence as a result of a specific event.overestimate verbgreatly, grossly consistently systematicallyForecasters tended to systematically overestimate inflation.tend toPeople tend to overestimate their activity levels, so Wyatt asked participants in the study to wear pedometers.underestimate verbgrossly systematically likelyThese statistics grossly underestimate the number of unemployed.estimated adjectiveprobability percent prevalence variance costTable 2 reports the estimated prevalence of work-related asthma.estimate nounaccurate, precise, reliable reasonable unbiased biased conservative roughSufficient information exists to support reasonable estimates of life expectancy.calculate, compute derive obtain reviseEstimates are calculated using the method of maximum based onMost available demographic estimates are based on one or two years of data.differ, range, vary indicate, suggestEstimates of the number of species range between 3.6 million and 100 million.according toBangladesh is approximately the size of Wisconsin, yet it has a population of more than 130 million, according to a 1996 estimate.
  2. 2underestimate somebody/something to not realize how good, strong, determined, etc. someone really is Never underestimate your opponent. Their ability should not be underestimated. opposite overestimate compare underrate
opposite overestimate
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