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underestimate

verb uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈres.tɪ.meɪt/ us    /-dɚˈes-/

underestimate verb (AMOUNT)

B2 [I or T] to fail to guess or understand the real cost, size, difficulty, etc. of something: Originally the builders gave me a price of €2,000, but now they say they underestimated and it's going to be at least €3,000. One shouldn't underestimate the difficulties of getting all the political parties to the conference table.
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underestimate verb (PERSON)

C1 [T] to fail to understand how strong, skilful, intelligent, or determined someone, especially a competitor, is: Never underestimate your opponent!
underestimate
noun [C] uk   /-mət/ us  
Clearly £25 was a serious underestimate.
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