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 problemMore example sentences
set too low, underrate; miscalculate, misjudge, judge incorrectly, estimate wrongly, calculate wrongly, be wrong about, misconstrue, misread; err, be wide of the markunderrate, 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; hold cheap, shrug off, belittle• rare misprize, minify
- 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.
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- An estimate that is too low: £7.5 million is a considerable underestimateMore 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.