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un·der·es·ti·mate

 (ŭn′dər-ĕs′tə-māt′)
tr.v. un·der·es·ti·mat·ed, un·der·es·ti·mat·ing, un·der·es·ti·mates
1. To make too low an estimate of the quantity, degree, or worth of: Don't underestimate the difficulties involved in the project.
2. To consider (someone) to be less capable or effective than is actually the case: underestimated his rivals and was outmaneuvered.
n. (-ĕs′tə-mĭt)
An estimate that is or proves to be too low.

un′der·es′ti·ma′tion n.

underestimate

(ˌʌndərˈɛstɪˌmeɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to make too low an estimate of: he underestimated the cost.
2. to think insufficiently highly of: to underestimate a person.
n
too low an estimate
ˌunderˌestiˈmation n
Usage: Underestimate is sometimes wrongly used where overestimate is meant: the importance of his work cannot be overestimated (not cannot be underestimated)

un•der•es•ti•mate

(v. ˌʌn dərˈɛs təˌmeɪt; n. -mɪt, -ˌmeɪt)

v. -mat•ed, -mat•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to estimate at too low a value, rate, or the like.
v.i.
2. to make an estimate lower than the correct one.
n.
3. an estimate that is too low.
[1805–15]
un`der•es`ti•ma′tion, n.

underestimate


Past participle: underestimated
Gerund: underestimating

Imperative
underestimate
underestimate
Present
I underestimate
you underestimate
he/she/it underestimates
we underestimate
you underestimate
they underestimate
Preterite
I underestimated
you underestimated
he/she/it underestimated
we underestimated
you underestimated
they underestimated
Present Continuous
I am underestimating
you are underestimating
he/she/it is underestimating
we are underestimating
you are underestimating
they are underestimating
Present Perfect
I have underestimated
you have underestimated
he/she/it has underestimated
we have underestimated
you have underestimated
they have underestimated
Past Continuous
I was underestimating
you were underestimating
he/she/it was underestimating
we were underestimating
you were underestimating
they were underestimating
Past Perfect
I had underestimated
you had underestimated
he/she/it had underestimated
we had underestimated
you had underestimated
they had underestimated
Future
I will underestimate
you will underestimate
he/she/it will underestimate
we will underestimate
you will underestimate
they will underestimate
Future Perfect
I will have underestimated
you will have underestimated
he/she/it will have underestimated
we will have underestimated
you will have underestimated
they will have underestimated
Future Continuous
I will be underestimating
you will be underestimating
he/she/it will be underestimating
we will be underestimating
you will be underestimating
they will be underestimating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been underestimating
you have been underestimating
he/she/it has been underestimating
we have been underestimating
you have been underestimating
they have been underestimating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been underestimating
you will have been underestimating
he/she/it will have been underestimating
we will have been underestimating
you will have been underestimating
they will have been underestimating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been underestimating
you had been underestimating
he/she/it had been underestimating
we had been underestimating
you had been underestimating
they had been underestimating
Conditional
I would underestimate
you would underestimate
he/she/it would underestimate
we would underestimate
you would underestimate
they would underestimate
Past Conditional
I would have underestimated
you would have underestimated
he/she/it would have underestimated
we would have underestimated
you would have underestimated
they would have underestimated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.underestimate - an estimation that is too lowunderestimate - an estimation that is too low; an estimate that is less than the true or actual value
approximation, estimate, estimation, idea - an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take"
Verb1.underestimate - assign too low a value to; "Don't underestimate the value of this heirloom-you may sell it at a good price"
value - fix or determine the value of; assign a value to; "value the jewelry and art work in the estate"
overvalue, overestimate - assign too high a value to; "You are overestimating the value of your old car"
2.underestimate - make a deliberately low estimateunderestimate - make a deliberately low estimate; "The construction company wanted the contract badly and lowballed"
estimate, gauge, approximate, guess, judge - judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time); "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"
3.underestimate - make too low an estimate ofunderestimate - make too low an estimate of; "he underestimated the work that went into the renovation"; "Don't underestimate the danger of such a raft trip on this river"
misjudge - judge incorrectly
sell short - underestimate the real value or ability of; "Don't sell your students short--they are just shy and don't show off their knowledge"
overestimate, overrate - make too high an estimate of; "He overestimated his own powers"

underestimate

verb
1. undervalue, understate, underrate, diminish, play down, minimize, downgrade, miscalculate, trivialize, rate too low, underemphasize, hold cheap, misprize Never underestimate what you can learn from a group of like-minded people.
undervalue exaggerate, overstate, overestimate, overrate, inflate
2. underrate, undervalue, belittle, sell short (informal), not do justice to, rate too low, set no store by, hold cheap, think too little of The first lesson I learnt was never to underestimate the enemy.
underrate overestimate, overrate
Usage: Underestimate is sometimes wrongly used where overestimate is meant: the importance of his work cannot be overestimated (not cannot be underestimated).
Translations
يَبْخَسُيَسْتَخِف، يُقَدِّر أقَل مما يَسْتَحِق
podcenit
undervurdere
aliarvioida
potcijeniti
alábecsül
vanmeta
過小評価する
과소 평가하다
pakankamai neįvertinti
novērtēt par zemu
podcenjevati
underskatta
ประมาณต่ำไป
hafife almakolduğundan küçük görmek
đánh giá thấp

underestimate

A. [ˈʌndərˈestɪmɪt] Nestimación f demasiado baja, cálculo m demasiado bajo
B. [ˈʌndərˈestɪmeɪt] VT [+ strength, importance, value, person] → subestimar, menospreciar
you shouldn't underestimate herno deberías subestimarla
I underestimated the size of the sofaal calcular las dimensiones del sofá me quedé corta
they had underestimated the size of the problemno le habían dado al problema la importancia que merecía

underestimate

[ˌʌndərˈɛstɪmeɪt]
vt
[+ cost, value, amount, time, power, difficulty, importance] → sous-estimer
to seriously underestimate sth → sous-estimer gravement qch
[+ person] → sous-estimer
I underestimated her → Je l'ai sous-estimée.
n [ˌʌndərˈɛstɪmət]sous-estimation f

underestimate

[ˌʌndərˈɛstɪˌmeɪt] vtsottovalutare

underestimate

(andərˈestimeit) verb
to estimate (a person, a thing etc) at less than his or its real amount, value, strength etc. Never underestimate your opponent!

underestimate

يَبْخَسُ podcenit undervurdere unterschätzen υποτιμώ subestimar aliarvioida sous-estimer potcijeniti sottovalutare 過小評価する 과소 평가하다 onderschatten undervurdere nie docenić subestimar недооценивать underskatta ประมาณต่ำไป hafife almak đánh giá thấp 低估

underestimate

vt. subestimar; menospreciar.
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