underestimate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v underestimate make too low an estimate of "he underestimated the work that went into the renovation","Don't underestimate the danger of such a raft trip on this river"
    • v underestimate make a deliberately low estimate "The construction company wanted the contract badly and lowballed"
    • v underestimate assign too low a value to "Don't underestimate the value of this heirloom-you may sell it at a good price"
    • n underestimate an estimation that is too low; an estimate that is less than the true or actual value
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Underestimate The act of underestimating; too low an estimate.
    • v. t Underestimate To set too low a value on; to estimate below the truth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • underestimate To estimate at too low a rate; not to value sufficiently.
    • n underestimate An estimate or valuing at too low a rate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Underestimate un-dėr-es′ti-māt to estimate at too low a rate: to set too low a value on
    • n Underestimate an insufficiently high opinion
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Quotations

  • Robert H. Schuller
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    “Never underestimate your problem or your ability to deal with it.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist.”
  • Patricia Nixon
    Patricia Nixon
    “You can't underestimate the power of fear.”
  • Gregory Nunn
    Gregory Nunn
    “Never underestimate the value of cold cash.”
  • Douglas Adams
    Douglas%20Adams
    “A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    “Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself.”

Usage

In literature:

You are depressed; you underestimate yourself.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
He somewhat underestimated the size of the earth, and at the same time greatly overestimated the length of Asia.
"The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Fiske
There had come to him a sudden, vivid conviction that he had underestimated the foreman's resources and his own possible danger.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
It had been his cue to let his adversary underestimate him.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
I have not underestimated you, you see.
"Upstarts" by L. J. Stecher
It would be a serious error to underestimate the possible value of such joint councils to the cause of industrial peace.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis
He made the grave mistake of underestimating the opposition.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
He knew something of the tightening of the grasp of a man like Klutchem and he did not underestimate the gravity of the situation.
"Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman" by F. Hopkinson Smith
I had most certainly underestimated her strength and resources.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
You underestimate the effect of praise from you.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
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In news:

Never underestimate a kids movie full of fart humor.
In general, people greatly underestimate the need for blood.
Even folks with a bent for finding the dark cloud behind every silver lining would be hard-pressed to underestimate the game-changing nature of the current drought.
Ben tells the blindly loyal Michael Young fan club why they're doing it wrong and why they're also underestimating Young's professionalism and character.
Mitt Romney lost by underestimating Barack Obama.
Giagunto said the Wildcats underestimated the Blue Devils.
With so much attention on this tragedy, we cannot underestimate the power of our collective vibrations.
Despite the findings, students can't afford to underestimate the new integrated reasoning section.
Storyteller Never underestimate the importance of good hardware, the designer says.
Born with a birth defect that led to her leg being amputated when she was 5, Bonnie St John learned early in life that people often underestimate those with disabilities.
Most people underestimate the importance of a healthy voice until difficulties develop.
Taxing districts underestimate impact on homeowners.
"Don't underestimate our ability to follow the money," IRS special agent Paul Camacho said.
Never underestimate the power of a great dip to get a party off to a cheery start.
Iran's new foreign minister faces formidable challenges but should not be underestimated.
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In science:

ECAL and is underestimated because of the large e/h of the crystals.
Studies of the Response of the Prototype CMS Hadron Calorimeter, Including Magnetic Field Effects, to Pion, Electron, and Muon Beams
It is well known that the LDA underestimates both the value of the energy gap and the magnetic moment of this material.
Linear Response Calculations of Lattice Dynamics in Strongly Correlated Systems
We find that using the value Φ = 1.37 underestimates P (ω ) by a factor ∼ 5 relatively to P (ω ) computed with Φ(z ) in the excitation region from the 3D simulation.
Numerical constraints on the model of stochastic excitation of solar-type oscillations
According to Massey (2003) this may result from an underestimate of the number of WN stars.
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity
While the dot edge is well reproduced, a conspicuous feature is the underestimation of the central density by the RPA, specially at large RW values.
Symmetry breaking and the random-phase approximation in small quantum dots
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