underestimate un‧der‧es‧ti‧mate [ˌʌndərˈestmeɪt] verb [transitive]
to think that something is smaller than it really is:

• We underestimated our operating costs.

• The official statistics seriously underestimate actual unemployment.

— underestimate [ˌʌndərˈestmt] noun [countable] :

• These unemployment figures should be regarded as underestimates.

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underestimate UK US /ˌʌndəˈrestɪmeɪt/ verb [T]
to think that something is or will be smaller, easier, less extreme, or less important than it really is: »

The company sorely underestimated demand and is struggling to expand output.


Court interpreters say the skills required to do the job are underestimated.

to think that someone is worse at doing something, less intelligent, etc. than they really are: »

Sometimes his modest manner led people to underestimate him.

underestimate UK US /ˌʌndəˈrestɪmət/ noun [C]
an opinion that something is smaller, easier, less important, or less extreme than it actually is: »

The total cost is likely to be an underestimate.

underestimation noun [C or U]

I believe there is a significant underestimation of the real demand for oil from the developing world.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • Underestimate — Un der*es ti*mate, v. t. To set to? low a value on; to estimate below the truth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Underestimate — Un der*es ti*mate, n. The act of underestimating; too low an estimate. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • underestimate — I verb belittle, deprecate, depreciate, detract from, discredit, disesteem, disparage, do scant justice to, make light of, minimize, minoris aestimare, minoris facere, misjudge, misprize, rate below the true value, rate too low, run down, set at… …   Law dictionary

  • underestimate — (v.) 1812, to estimate at too low an amount, from UNDER (Cf. under) + ESTIMATE (Cf. estimate) (v.). Meaning to rank too low, undervalue is recorded from 1850. Related: Underestimated; underestimating …   Etymology dictionary

  • underestimate — [v] minimize; rate too low belittle, deprecate, depreciate, disesteem, disparage, make light of*, miscalculate, miscarry, not do justice*, put down*, sell short*, slight, think too little of*, underrate, undervalue; concepts 12,54,764 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • underestimate — ► VERB 1) estimate (something) to be smaller or less important than it really is. 2) regard (someone) as less capable than they really are. ► NOUN ▪ an estimate that is too low. DERIVATIVES underestimation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • underestimate — [un΄dər es′tə māt΄; ] for n. [, un΄dər es′təmit] vt. underestimated, underestimating to set too low an estimate on or for n. an estimate that is too low underestimation n …   English World dictionary

  • underestimate — [[t]ʌ̱ndəre̱stɪmeɪt[/t]] underestimates, underestimating, underestimated 1) VERB If you underestimate something, you do not realize how large or great it is or will be. [V n] None of us should ever underestimate the degree of difficulty women… …   English dictionary

  • underestimate — I UK [ˌʌndərˈestɪˌmeɪt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms underestimate : present tense I/you/we/they underestimate he/she/it underestimates present participle underestimating past tense underestimated past participle underestimated * 1) to think …   English dictionary

  • underestimate — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} (also underestimation) noun ADJECTIVE ▪ gross, serious, significant ▪ The official figures are a gross underestimate of the true number. ▪ slight PREPOSITION …   Collocations dictionary

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