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verb [transitive] underestimate pronunciation in British English /ˌʌndərˈestɪˌmeɪt/
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present tense
present participleunderestimating
past tenseunderestimated
past participleunderestimated

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  1. 1
    to think that someone has less power or ability than they really have

    Their big mistake was to underestimate their opponentsskill in handling the news media.

  2. 2
    to think or guess that something is smaller, less important etc than it really is

    The importance of a good diet should not be underestimated.

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 underestimate pronunciation in British English /ˌʌndərˌestɪˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [countable/uncountable]
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