Definition of overestimate in English:

overestimate

Syllabification: o·ver·es·ti·mate

verb

Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈestəˌmāt
 
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[with object]
  • Estimate (something) to be better, larger, or more important than it really is: his influence cannot be overestimated
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    • However, that may be overestimating her importance.
    • Both terms represent a concentration of historical experience whose importance cannot be overestimated.
    • Yes, it's true the police overestimated the ability of republicans to quell the zeal of young rioters.

noun

Pronunciation: /-mit
 
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  • An excessively high estimate.
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    • Such effects would include: overestimates or underestimates of results during the observation and recording phase of an experiment, errors in interpreting the data, and the fabrication of data.
    • However, the ratio might be an overestimate since the liquid assay favors fast-growing type II cells.
    • We do not know whether the low response rate in our study produced an overestimate or underestimate of prevalence.

Derivatives

overestimation

Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌestəˈmāSHən/
noun
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  • In June 2003 the Texas Education Agency discovered a pattern of rampant undercounting of dropouts, dramatic overestimations of college-bound graduates and falsified reports concerning crimes in schools.
  • Also, cases could have selectively recalled exposures related to their infection status and may have differentially reported risk, resulting in overestimation of excess risk.
  • This is a dramatic overestimation of current clinical practice.

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