Definition of overestimate in English:



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Pronunciation /əʊvərˈɛstɪmeɪt/
  • Form too high or favourable an estimate of.

    ‘his influence cannot be overestimated’
    • ‘If the pollsters are overestimating Labour's support once more, the consequences of their blunders could leave a lot of leftish voters looking very silly.’
    • ‘One reason is that we are overestimating our resources and underestimating the difficulty of winning elections.’
    • ‘We certainly overestimated their ability to plan and remain focussed on the higher goals.’
    • ‘However, experts warn that many people may be overestimating the potential returns from property.’
    • ‘The importance of this conduit cannot be overestimated and all efforts should be made to preserve its efficacy.’
    • ‘The importance of the live trade cannot be overestimated with 200,000 head having been exported last year.’
    • ‘While I would love for Greg Maddux to join my team, am I overestimating his ability?’
    • ‘Yes, it's true the police overestimated the ability of republicans to quell the zeal of young rioters.’
    • ‘It is possible that the genome length estimates of these maps were overestimated.’
    • ‘‘Maybe they're overestimating the importance of the organisation,’ said another member of the parliamentary party.’
    • ‘My makeup had taken Claire the longest because she was not accustomed to working on someone with such pale skin, and kept overestimating the colours.’
    • ‘In changing times in society, the importance of schools and education cannot be overestimated.’
    • ‘Inexperienced in a large battle, using combined forces, they had overestimated the ability of the Pilgrims to keep pace with them.’
    • ‘However, that may be overestimating her importance.’
    • ‘Both terms represent a concentration of historical experience whose importance cannot be overestimated.’
    • ‘The importance of vigorously removing layers of skin cannot be overestimated.’
    • ‘I'm not underestimating him and I'm not overestimating him.’
    • ‘Again, the importance of a functioning legal system cannot be overestimated.’
    • ‘Street said he thought the state was underestimating the challenge and overestimating Edison's abilities.’
    • ‘If he's trying to pick a fight to drum up some publicity, he's sorely overestimating the number of people who read this blog.’
    overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate
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Pronunciation /əʊvərˈɛstɪmət/
  • An excessively high estimate.

    ‘the figure of 30 per cent was an overestimate’
    • ‘Unblinded assessment of outcome in multiple sclerosis trials can result in overestimates of the effect of treatment on progression of disease.’
    • ‘However, this tree-mismatch method ignores sampling errors in the reconstructed gene tree, due to a finite number of nucleotide sites at each locus, and produces serious overestimates.’
    • ‘However, the estimated P values are overestimates.’
    • ‘It is quite possible, even likely, that some studies misclassify fates of nests that are depredated late in the nestling stage, leading to overestimates of nesting success.’
    • ‘If so, my estimate of the total energy investment into gene expression will be an overestimate.’
    • ‘The overestimate in the percentage within the membrane is likely to be a consequence of the low contrast at the membrane boundary.’
    • ‘Because many of the above estimates of divergence times far exceed the times of first appearance of land plants in the fossil record, they might be overestimates.’
    • ‘The estimates of efficacy are robust to imprecision in the separate estimates of the effect of the individual components because overestimates will tend to cancel underestimates.’
    • ‘This method tends to give overestimates of divergence times when the calibration point is younger than the estimated time and to give underestimates when the calibration point is older than the estimated time.’
    • ‘We do not know whether the low response rate in our study produced an overestimate or underestimate of prevalence.’
    • ‘The cash was found following an overestimate in the number of pupils who need to be funded through York's schools, and an underestimate of the amount of council tax that would be collected.’
    • ‘In addition, after partially effective eradication treatment, low levels of infection can easily be missed by endoscopic biopsy, leading to overestimates of the efficacy of eradication treatment and reinfection rates.’
    • ‘If this regression is used to predict the typical prey of theropods, it produces overestimates, at least for those species that were much larger than any of the carnivorans used in the regression.’
    • ‘By contrast, a random-sample study will never return an overestimate because it can never sample the rare event more than once.’
    • ‘The supposed overestimate was, in reality, part of a wider underestimate.’
    • ‘Similarly, unmatched citations that were not detected by a search strategy were included in cell d of the table (leading to slight overestimates of the specificity and accuracy of the strategy).’
    • ‘We find that, in a given year, substantial overestimates of the regressivity of gas expenditures occur only among the small proportion of individuals who were only temporarily poor in 1982.’
    • ‘Such effects would include: overestimates or underestimates of results during the observation and recording phase of an experiment, errors in interpreting the data, and the fabrication of data.’
    • ‘However, the ratio might be an overestimate since the liquid assay favors fast-growing type II cells.’
    • ‘Often wideranging movements can cause gross overestimates of the population size as with a small population with very large home ranges mistaken as a large population with small home ranges.’
    error of judgement, misjudgement, misreading of the situation, mistake, blunder, faux pas, underestimate
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