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.’
    • ‘The existence of one billion squatters might suggest that ownership is overrated.’
    • ‘Communication is heavily overrated as a means of resolving issues and accomplishing things.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘You may now safely consider me to have overrated the movie.’
    • ‘Last night I gave you one of the most overrated operas in the repertory; tonight it's one of the most underrated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dignity is overrated, especially when surrounded by so much spangle and sequin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It would not be his fault if he were overrated; it would be the fault of the (mostly white) writers who overrate him.’
    • ‘Conversely, nurses overrated emotional needs of patients as indicators of caring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are those who say that he is overrated on some counts - that he made some bad Beethoven recordings, and so on.’
    • ‘This would also get rid of problem number two, which is cleanliness - a very overrated virtue.’
    • ‘The press failed just as miserably in New Hampshire - but this time by overestimating and overrating him.’
    • ‘Conversation is overrated anyway, though don't tell that to the waiters here.’
    • ‘Sagittarians tend to overrate the benefits of activity.’
    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

/ˌoʊvərˈreɪt//ˌōvərˈrāt/