Definition of underestimate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌndərˈɛstɪmeɪt/
[with object]
1Estimate (something) to be smaller or less important than it really is: the government has grossly underestimated the extent of the problem
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  • 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.
set too low, underrate;
miscalculate, misjudge, judge incorrectly, estimate wrongly, calculate wrongly, be wrong about, misconstrue, misread;
err, be wide of the mark
underrate, rate too low, undervalue, set little/no store by, not do justice to, do an injustice to, be wrong about, sell short, play down, understate;
minimize, de-emphasize, underemphasize, diminish, downgrade, deflate, reduce, lessen, brush aside, gloss over, trivialize;
1.1Regard (someone) as less capable than they really are: he had underestimated the new President
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  • 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: /ʌndərˈɛstɪmət/
An estimate that is too low: £7.5 million is a considerable underestimate
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.

Words that rhyme with underestimate

estimate, guesstimate estimate, guesstimate

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