Definition of overrate in English:



  • Have a higher opinion of (someone or something) than is deserved.

    ‘an overrated player’
    • ‘Conversation is overrated anyway, though don't tell that to the waiters here.’
    • ‘‘A vast array of individuals seriously overrate the importance of money in making themselves, and others, happy,’ said the strategist in a recent memo to clients.’
    • ‘This would also get rid of problem number two, which is cleanliness - a very overrated virtue.’
    • ‘Communication is heavily overrated as a means of resolving issues and accomplishing things.’
    • ‘That being said, I would like to repeat something that I've said before: namely, that I think that America overrates the importance of a college education.’
    • ‘There are those who say that he is overrated on some counts - that he made some bad Beethoven recordings, and so on.’
    • ‘On the other hand, maybe sanity is overrated, and a decent sabbatical from fiction is just what my brain needs to come up with loads of exciting new ideas.’
    • ‘You may now safely consider me to have overrated the movie.’
    • ‘Dignity is overrated, especially when surrounded by so much spangle and sequin.’
    • ‘The existence of one billion squatters might suggest that ownership is overrated.’
    • ‘Last night I gave you one of the most overrated operas in the repertory; tonight it's one of the most underrated.’
    • ‘It would not be his fault if he were overrated; it would be the fault of the (mostly white) writers who overrate him.’
    • ‘The press failed just as miserably in New Hampshire - but this time by overestimating and overrating him.’
    • ‘Self-esteem is not overrated - it is critical in a healthy, balanced human being.’
    • ‘I'm also of the opinion that both the product marketers and the idea marketers are vastly overrating the level of influence weblogs have attained.’
    • ‘Sagittarians tend to overrate the benefits of activity.’
    • ‘Traditional plus-minus systems tend to overrate average players on good teams and underrate good players on lousy ones.’
    • ‘Conversely, nurses overrated emotional needs of patients as indicators of caring.’
    • ‘In your opinion, who is the most overrated celebrity today?’
    • ‘I believe this to be the true king of the jungle and not that overrated pretender, the lion.’
    assess too highly, overestimate, overvalue, prize too highly, rate too highly, think too much of, exaggerate the worth of, attach too much importance to
    praise too highly, exaggerate the merits of, over-praise, oversell, glorify, magnify
    blow up
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