- 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.
- 2underestimate somebody/something to not realize how good, strong, determined, etc. somebody really is Never underestimate your opponent. Their ability should not be underestimated. opposite overestimate compare underrateExtra examples He realized that he had seriously underestimated their strength. The importance of these feelings should not be underestimated. We consistently underestimate the resources and motivation of our adversaries.
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BrE BrE//ˌʌndərˈestɪmeɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌndərˈestɪmeɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they underestimate
BrE BrE//ˌʌndərˈestɪmeɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌndərˈestɪmeɪt//he / she / it underestimates
BrE BrE//ˌʌndərˈestɪmeɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌndərˈestɪmeɪts//past simple underestimated
BrE BrE//ˌʌndərˈestɪmeɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌndərˈestɪmeɪtɪd//past participle underestimated
BrE BrE//ˌʌndərˈestɪmeɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌndərˈestɪmeɪtɪd//-ing form underestimating
BrE BrE//ˌʌndərˈestɪmeɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌndərˈestɪmeɪtɪŋ//