Definition of overvalue in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Overestimate the importance of.

    ‘intelligence can be overvalued’
    • ‘His place in the pantheon of popular culture seems equally secure, but to applaud him as a design genius is to misunderstand and overvalue both the man and his work.’
    • ‘While they are certainly overvalued, these words still retain their political usefulness as the struggle over their usages attest.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is true that we overvalue sporting achievements.’
    • ‘The narrator has overvalued the importance of this tiny insect.’
    • ‘Over lunch at Mory's, Yale's tweedy private dining club, he suggests that academics underrate the President because they overvalue specialized knowledge.’
    • ‘Personally, I think we overvalue public speaking skills in politicians.’
    • ‘I think we tend to overvalue some of the genetic therapy where it's very seductive.’
    • ‘At a time when heads involuntarily start to drop, the worth to a manager of a player such as Andy is hard to overvalue.’
    • ‘These intellectuals then get an overvalued sense of self-importance and don't understand why because their views are so often reflected back to themselves that they believe they must be right.’
    • ‘Maybe I overvalued the importance of Internet life, but I like the pleasure of browsing the Internet on my own.’
    • ‘It isn't merely that members of the group come to think alike but that they come to overvalue the harmonious functioning of the group.’
    • ‘Because in our culture we overvalue the intellect, we imagine that to become enlightened demands extraordinary intelligence.’
    overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate
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    1. 1.1 Fix the value of (something, especially a currency) at too high a level.
      ‘sterling was overvalued against the dollar’
      • ‘The method is simplistic and tends to overvalue the brands, but it is used by brand buyers for that very reason.’
      • ‘The main reason for this is that by artificially undervaluing its own currency, and therefore overvaluing the dollar, China artificially stimulates its manufacturing exports.’
      • ‘These impacts were somewhat exaggerated since the Soviet production system tended to overvalue and overstate output.’
      • ‘The valuations were found to have negligently overvalued the properties in question.’
      • ‘And many of the teams shopping those players have them ridiculously overvalued.’
      • ‘This may mean they undervalue something (and therefore the market doesn't provide enough of it) or they may overvalue something (in which case the market will provide and distribute too much of it).’
      • ‘The key attraction of a Fallen Angels approach to investing is that markets can overvalue winners and undervalue losers from the past.’
      • ‘Inventories had been overvalued, bills were being paid out of reserves set aside to close stores, and millions in expenses had not been properly booked.’
      • ‘And while Areva hasn't revealed details of its bid, European Union regulators would certainly question the offer if it appears to overvalue the transmission and distribution unit - in other words, if the bid is state aid in disguise.’
      • ‘He painted an acute picture of how many entrepreneurs overvalue their businesses.’
      • ‘He argued that this situation came about because the fixed exchange rates overvalued the European currencies and undervalued the dollar.’
      • ‘True, the dollar is undoubtedly overvalued against the euro.’
      • ‘FASB's recommended formula, called the binomial lattice method, may well overvalue some options.’
      • ‘The dollar was last stubbornly overvalued in the 1980s.’
      • ‘Some critics, however, charge that the process has overvalued the shares, making them likely to fall in price once they hit the markets.’
      • ‘It also pleaded guilty to issuing statements overvaluing assets in Armstrong's accounts.’
      • ‘He also pointed to a number of areas that he feels have been overvalued.’
      • ‘More than a dozen nonbank-subprime lenders went bankrupt in the late 1990s after they had overvalued their loans.’
      • ‘At the same time, we can also see that the chances of success in this enterprise will be greater if the society in question does not overvalue external goods of the sort that cause envy and competition.’
      • ‘The winner's curse, in which the bidder willing to pay the highest price at an auction is thereby the one most likely to overvalue the item, can also be explained by reference to social proof.’