overestimate, underestimate
Because these words are often used in negative or quasi-negative contexts, there is a danger of losing track of logic and using the wrong word, usually underestimate for overestimate. In a wallchart on the plays of Shakespeare published with the Independent newspaper in 2007, the text included the assertion his contributions to the world of theatre and to language cannot be underestimated. Faint praise indeed, if that were the case.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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