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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  • underestimation — index disregard (lack of respect), understatement Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Underestimation — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Underestimation >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 underestimation underestimation Sgm: N 1 depreciation depreciation &c.(detraction) 934 Sgm: N 1 pessimism pessimism pessimist Sgm: N 1 undervaluing undervaluing &c. >V …   English dictionary for students

  • underestimation — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Estimation of too low a value Nouns underestimation, underrating, undervaluing, etc.; depreciation, making light of. See detraction, misjudgment, contempt. Verbs underestimate, underrate, undervalue,… …   English dictionary for students

  • underestimation — 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

  • underestimation — noun see underestimate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • underestimation — See underestimate. * * * …   Universalium

  • underestimation — noun An underestimate …   Wiktionary

  • underestimation — n. underrating, undervaluing, act of underestimating …   English contemporary dictionary

  • underestimation — See: underestimate …   English dictionary

  • underestimation — noun an estimation that is too low; an estimate that is less than the true or actual value • Syn: ↑underestimate, ↑underrating, ↑underreckoning • Derivationally related forms: ↑underrate (for: ↑underrating), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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