Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To estimate too highly.
  • transitive v. To esteem too greatly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to judge too highly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To estimate too highly.
  • transitive v. To overvalue.
  • n. An estimate that is too high.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An estimate that is too high; an overvaluation.
  • To estimate too highly; overvalue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an appraisal that is too high
  • v. make too high an estimate of
  • n. a calculation that results in an estimate that is too high
  • v. assign too high a value to

Etymologies

over- +‎ estimate (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Part of the overestimate was a failure to anticipate a large number of motorists who renewed plates and driver licenses early to beat the fee increases.

    Local News from The Lakeland Ledger

  • Horner: RBR rivals 'overestimate' benefits of blown rear-end

    Crash.Net Motorsports Newsfeed

  • Therefore, I would suggest that the title of the Cornell news release "Global warming predictions are overestimated, suggests study on black carbon", while technically correct, is rather misleading in that a casual reading would infer an "overestimate" rather larger than the couple percent implied by the study.

    RealClimate

  • The one million ban that Microsoft pulled on its Xbox Live players with modded console units now have been flagged as a mere "overestimate".

    Xbox 360

  • I don't think saying that the leader of the National Association of Evangelicals, who also was the pastor of a 14,000-member megachurch, and one of TIME's 25 most influential evangelicals has influence one the vote of CC's is an "overestimate".

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • The literature on political heterogeneity within social networks suggests that people tend to overestimate the degree of political congruence among their friends: Robert Huckfeldt and John Sprague, Citizens, Politics, and Social Communication: Information and Influence in an Election Campaign New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

    American Grace

  • Furthermore, when interpreting these numbers, we should keep in mind that members of majority groups have a tendency to overestimate the proportion of minorities in their surroundings a form of misperception that presumably applies to churches, therefore inflating the degree of diversity reported by congregants.36

    American Grace

  • Research has shown that we tend to overestimate what a portion size should be for high-carbohydrate foods, as compared to high-fat foods, and that, unfortunately, our portion sizes tend to correlate with our body mass index.

    The Flex Diet

  • It is impossible to overestimate the significance of leaks from the military to the media, particularly to Bob Woodward and his paper, the Washington Post.

    Russ Baker: Leaks Wound Obama

  • The results: Men looking for a quick hookup were more likely to overestimate the women's desire for them.

    Barbara & Shannon Kelley: Why Some Men Won't Accept That You're Not That Into Them

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