Definition of overrate in US English:

overrate

verb

[with object]often as adjective overrated
  • Have a higher opinion of (someone or something) than is deserved.

    ‘dismissing the work as pompous and overrated’
    • ‘I believe this to be the true king of the jungle and not that overrated pretender, the lion.’
    • ‘There are those who say that he is overrated on some counts - that he made some bad Beethoven recordings, and so on.’
    • ‘Dignity is overrated, especially when surrounded by so much spangle and sequin.’
    • ‘The existence of one billion squatters might suggest that ownership is overrated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In your opinion, who is the most overrated celebrity today?’
    • ‘Traditional plus-minus systems tend to overrate average players on good teams and underrate good players on lousy ones.’
    • ‘Conversation is overrated anyway, though don't tell that to the waiters here.’
    • ‘It would not be his fault if he were overrated; it would be the fault of the (mostly white) writers who overrate him.’
    • ‘Communication is heavily overrated as a means of resolving issues and accomplishing things.’
    • ‘Conversely, nurses overrated emotional needs of patients as indicators of caring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sagittarians tend to overrate the benefits of activity.’
    • ‘Last night I gave you one of the most overrated operas in the repertory; tonight it's one of the most underrated.’
    • ‘The press failed just as miserably in New Hampshire - but this time by overestimating and overrating him.’
    • ‘You may now safely consider me to have overrated the movie.’
    • ‘This would also get rid of problem number two, which is cleanliness - a very overrated virtue.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    assess too highly, overestimate, overvalue, prize too highly, rate too highly, think too much of, exaggerate the worth of, attach too much importance to
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Pronunciation

overrate

/ˌōvərˈrāt//ˌoʊvərˈreɪt/