Pronunciation: /ˌəndərˈestəˌmāt /[with object]
- 1Estimate (something) to be smaller or less important than it actually is: the administration has grossly underestimated the extent of the problemMore example sentences
- She said it was important not to underestimate the impact of binge drinking - particularly among young women.
- Earlier estimates may simply have underestimated the true cost.
- Therefore it is important not to underestimate the replacement value of everything inside your house that is not fixed to the walls.
- 1.1Regard (someone) as less capable than they really are: he had underestimated the new presidentMore example sentences
- I personally have been underestimating him for two years.
- If she does that same type of preparation, she could impress people who are underestimating her.
- I mean, the people who underestimate him are the same people who underestimated the former mayor.
Pronunciation: /-mit /[usually in singular] Back to top
- An estimate that is too low.More example sentences
- The government's statistics on the quantity of fish being exported should be considered gross underestimates.
- Even this figure is considered an underestimate as the government has never provided definite numbers for Scotland.
- Nevertheless, this is still an underestimate, because it doesn't consider all the factors.
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- However, that turned out to be a massive underestimation.
- It's a huge amount of money and a substantial underestimation really of how much it's going to cost.
- I don't think she thought that it would affect her the way that it did, an underestimation I'm sure many are guilty of.