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

  • transitive v. To overestimate the merits of; rate too highly.

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  • v. To esteem too highly; to give greater praise than due.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An excessive rate.
  • transitive v. To rate or value too highly; to overestimate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rate or estimate too highly.
  • n. An excessive estimate or rate.

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

  • v. make too high an estimate of


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over- +‎ rate


  • 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."

    Teaching the Book

  • 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.

    WalesOnline - Home

  • 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).

    Matthew Yglesias » Mike Pence’s Ode to Rush Limbaugh

  • 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.

    Patents and Tacit 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.

    Where policy polls go awry

  • 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.

    What happened while we were talking about Rahm

  • Mr. Powdthavee unmasks the role of "focusing illusions": Thinking about something's expected effect on our happiness makes us overrate it.

    Lessons From Cloud Nine

  • 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.! » FlixnJoystix Presents: Metaldy’s Meanderings! A Few Reasons Why…Videogame Graphics Are Overrated!

  • Somms are expensive, and I think you overrate what their importance will be.

    Does the Wine Advocate buy over $700,000 worth of wine a year? | Dr Vino's wine blog


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