Definition Of underestimate


an estimate that is too low.

The government's statistics on the quantity of fish being exported should be considered gross underestimates .

estimate (something) to be smaller or less important than it actually is.

the administration has grossly underestimated the extent of the problem

Example Of underestimate

  • As noted, this number is actually probably a gross underestimate .

  • ‘They can underestimate us as much as they like,’ adds Hines scornfully.

  • Back on his home patch, people are less likely to underestimate him.

  • Businesses grossly underestimate the spending power of disabled people, says the commission.

  • But it could be a mistake for political opponents to underestimate him.

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