Definition of overestimate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overestimate
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvərˈestɪmeɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈestɪmeɪt//
he / she / it overestimates
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvərˈestɪmeɪts//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈestɪmeɪts//
past simple overestimated
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvərˈestɪmeɪtɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈestɪmeɪtɪd//
past participle overestimated
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvərˈestɪmeɪtɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈestɪmeɪtɪd//
-ing form overestimating
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvərˈestɪmeɪtɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈestɪmeɪtɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//ˌəʊvərˈestɪmeɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈestɪmeɪt//
overestimate something to estimate something to be larger, better, more important, etc. than it really is They overestimated his ability when they promoted him. The importance of these findings cannot be overestimated (= is very great). opposite underestimate
Extra examples The Ministry of Finance consistently overestimated its budget deficits. The importance of this group cannot be overestimated. We overestimated the cost by about 2 per cent.
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