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Meaning & Definition of Underestimate in English

English

Underestimate

/əndərɛstəmet/

noun

1. An estimation that is too low

  • An estimate that is less than the true or actual value
    synonym:
  • underestimate
  • ,
  • underestimation
  • ,
  • underrating
  • ,
  • underreckoning

verb

1. Assign too low a value to

  • "Don't underestimate the value of this heirloom-you may sell it at a good price"
    synonym:
  • undervalue
  • ,
  • underestimate

2. Make a deliberately low estimate

  • "The construction company wanted the contract badly and lowballed"
    synonym:
  • lowball
  • ,
  • underestimate

3. Make too low an estimate of

  • "He underestimated the work that went into the renovation"
  • "Don't underestimate the danger of such a raft trip on this river"
    synonym:
  • underestimate
  • ,
  • underrate

Examples of using

I think you underestimate Tom.
Don't underestimate your own strength.
Don't underestimate the problem.