Definition of underestimate in US English:

underestimate

verb

[with object]
Pronunciation /ˌəndərˈɛstəˌmeɪt//ˌəndərˈestəˌmāt/
  • 1Estimate (something) to be smaller or less important than it actually is.

    ‘the administration has grossly underestimated the extent of the problem’
    • ‘Comedy aside, don't underestimate the seriousness with which these people take their tasks.’
    • ‘Some of the author's analysis is rather basic but there are also some important insights, although the author on occasion underestimates their significance.’
    • ‘This grossly underestimates the fixed costs involved in running a CD manufacturing plant.’
    • ‘I think there is a real risk that the Administration underestimates the difficulties.’
    • ‘Therefore it is important not to underestimate the replacement value of everything inside your house that is not fixed to the walls.’
    • ‘The last five years, the government has been grossly underestimating its revenue, steadily.’
    • ‘The majority of people grossly underestimate the effort required to earn a certification.’
    • ‘Businesses grossly underestimate the spending power of disabled people, says the commission.’
    • ‘Earlier estimates may simply have underestimated the true cost.’
    • ‘Most important of all; never underestimate the necessity to save up for your retirement.’
    • ‘Ontario universities underestimated the extent of this growth in demand and thence enrolment.’
    • ‘The findings suggest that official estimates based on surveys of the public significantly underestimate the extent of alcohol abuse in the country.’
    • ‘He believes they are grossly underestimating the impact of growth on their infrastructure.’
    • ‘For a start, many people grossly underestimate the time their project will take and, as a result, jobs either don't get completed or are rushed.’
    • ‘However, I would also add that one should not underestimate the importance of the influence of the editor in getting ideas signed off.’
    • ‘She said it was important not to underestimate the impact of binge drinking - particularly among young women.’
    • ‘I think I seriously underestimate the extent to which our society's addictions drive the actions of our citizens.’
    • ‘I fear that you're underestimating the size and importance of that segment.’
    • ‘Stefan said the team was not underestimating the importance of preparation.’
    • ‘I think so, and I think we're underestimating the importance of this.’
    set too low, underrate
    underrate, rate too low, undervalue, set little store by, set no store by, not do justice to, do an injustice to, be wrong about, sell short, play down, understate
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 Regard (someone) as less capable than they really are.
      ‘he had underestimated the new President’
      • ‘‘They can underestimate us as much as they like,’ adds Hines scornfully.’
      • ‘People who worked for Casey soon learned to underestimate him at their own peril.’
      • ‘I wish people wouldn't underestimate me, or my strength, or my weakness.’
      • ‘However, he knew he would not be satisfied until every person paid for underestimating him.’
      • ‘I'm not underestimating him and I'm not overestimating him.’
      • ‘Of course, letting people underestimate you has tactical advantages.’
      • ‘We are certainly not going to catch them cold or underestimating us.’
      • ‘Although perhaps I'm underestimating her - perhaps she has this effect on everyone.’
      • ‘If she does that same type of preparation, she could impress people who are underestimating her.’
      • ‘I personally have been underestimating him for two years.’
      • ‘If his victory over them was unexpected and astonishing to many, it was because they underestimated him.’
      • ‘In fact, he'd already decided this was one woman who did her best to make people underestimate her.’
      • ‘But it could be a mistake for political opponents to underestimate him.’
      • ‘The president made a mistake in underestimating me.’
      • ‘I'm not sure they've been underestimating him, even before last week.’
      • ‘Even after his landslide election victory last year, they continue to underestimate him.’
      • ‘Back on his home patch, people are less likely to underestimate him.’
      • ‘I mean, the people who underestimate him are the same people who underestimated the former mayor.’
      • ‘My father had always underestimated him, always mistaken his kind nature for weakness.’
      • ‘She has fought her fair share of demons and to underestimate her now would prove a serious error of judgement.’

noun

Pronunciation /ˌəndərˈɛstəmət//ˌəndərˈestəmət/
  • usually in singular An estimate that is too low.

    • ‘As noted, this number is actually probably a gross underestimate.’
    • ‘If the Chancellor's past record of predicting the budget deficit is anything to go by, this is almost certainly an underestimate.’
    • ‘Nobody knows for sure how many copies have been sold around the world, but 100 million is probably an underestimate.’
    • ‘Even this could be an underestimate: independent engineers suggest that it shouldn't have cost more than £15m.’
    • ‘The official figure of between 10,000 and 12,000 was thought by many to be an underestimate.’
    • ‘Even this figure is considered an underestimate as the government has never provided definite numbers for Scotland.’
    • ‘This argument has been surprisingly popular this year, given what seems to be a gross underestimate of the peril that lies ahead.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, this is still an underestimate, because it doesn't consider all the factors.’
    • ‘Economists estimate inflation will be more than 500% this year but that forecast could prove an underestimate.’
    • ‘Total wealth is put in the region of £50m but is probably an underestimate.’
    • ‘The research identified seven cases of malaria transmitted in this way, which was probably an underestimate.’
    • ‘This can be considered as minimum as there appears to be underestimates on costs due to some uncertainties.’
    • ‘The government's statistics on the quantity of fish being exported should be considered gross underestimates.’
    • ‘Officials admit that the figures are an underestimate, as they are based on incident reports from soldiers with incomplete information.’
    • ‘The latest figures show Britons leave at least £50m a year in restaurants, though this may be a gross underestimate.’

Pronunciation

underestimate

Verb/ˌəndərˈɛstəˌmeɪt/

underestimate

Noun/ˌəndərˈɛstəmət/