underestimate - definition and synonyms

 
verb [transitive] 

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/ˌʌndərˈestɪˌmeɪt/
present tense
I/you/we/theyunderestimate
he/she/itunderestimates
present participleunderestimating
past tenseunderestimated
past participleunderestimated
  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.

derived word

underestimation

 

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/ˌʌndərˌestɪˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun [countable/uncountable]
singularunderestimation
pluralunderestimations
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