American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To overestimate the merits of; rate too highly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To rate or estimate too highly.
- n. An excessive estimate or rate.
- v. To esteem too highly; to give greater praise than due.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To rate or value too highly; to overestimate.
- n. rare An excessive rate.
- v. make too high an estimate of
- over- + rate (Wiktionary)
“Indeed, as Miriam herself concedes, "from the POV of literary history, it's quite possible to 'overrate' a novel's importance (the extent to which it attracted imitators, was genre-changing or - originating, etc.) by pointing to its aesthetic superiority.”
“Then again, from the POV of literary history, it's quite possible to "overrate" a novel's importance the extent to which it attacted imitators, was genre-changing or -originating, etc. by pointing to its aesthetic superiority.”
“One explanation given for the finding was that men tended to "overrate" the severity of cold and flu symptoms.”
“As I recall, what Rush said was that the sports media wants to see African American quarterbacks do well, and that that might have caused them to overrate McNabb (which is arguable).”
“I think the source of the problem in the patent system may be linked to a point Friedrich Hayek made long ago about our tendency to overrate the economic importance of theoretical knowledge and vastly underestimate the importance of tacit or practical knowledge.”
“One common mistake that flows from this is to overrate the relevance of polls showing that the public supports various component pieces of the legislation you favor.”
“One of the big mistakes I think people in Washington make is to vastly overrate the importance of political changes and underrate the importance of technological changes.”
“Mr. Powdthavee unmasks the role of "focusing illusions": Thinking about something's expected effect on our happiness makes us overrate it.”
“While great graphics may make some critics overrate an otherwise mediocre game, solid gameplay is the only thing that makes a games shelf life last throughout the years.”
“Somms are expensive, and I think you overrate what their importance will be.”
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