overestimate Definition

  • 1to estimate or judge to be too high; to overvalue
  • 2an estimate that is too high

Using overestimate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "overestimate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I think you are overestimating the amount of time it will take to finish the project.

  • Example

    The company's revenue was overestimated by the analysts.

  • Example

    His abilities were overestimated by his boss.

  • Example

    The overestimate of the budget led to financial problems.

overestimate Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for overestimate

Antonyms for overestimate

Phrases with overestimate

  • to have an excessively high opinion of one's own abilities or worth


    He tends to overestimate himself and his skills, which can lead to mistakes.

  • to believe that something is more important than it really is


    We tend to overestimate the importance of material possessions in our lives.

  • to believe that something will have a greater effect than it actually does


    The media tends to overestimate the impact of certain events on public opinion.

Origins of overestimate

from 'over-' meaning 'too much' and 'estimate' meaning 'to judge'


Summary: overestimate in Brief

To 'overestimate' [oh-ver-es-tuh-meyt] is to judge or value something too highly. It can refer to an estimation or judgment that is too high, as in 'The company's revenue was overestimated by the analysts,' or to a person who has an excessively high opinion of their own abilities, as in 'He tends to overestimate himself and his skills.' 'Overestimate' can also be used in phrases like 'overestimate the importance of something,' or 'overestimate the impact of something,' both of which imply a misjudgment of the significance of a situation.