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"overestimate" in British English

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overestimateverb [I or T]

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈres.tɪ.meɪt/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚˈes-/
C1 to ​think that something is or will be ​greater, more ​extreme, or more ​important than it really is: The ​benefits of ​nucleartechnology, she said, had been ​grossly overestimated. They were ​forced to the ​conclusion that they had overestimated him/his ​abilities. I overestimated and there was a lot of ​foodleft over after the ​party.
overestimate
noun [C] uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈres.tɪ.mət/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚˈes-/
(Definition of overestimate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overestimate" in American English

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overestimateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈes·təˌmeɪt/
to ​think that something is or will be ​greater, more ​extreme, or more ​important than it really is: [T] I’m ​afraid Theresa is ​forever overestimating her ​strength.
(Definition of overestimate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"overestimate" in Business English

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overestimateverb

uk   us   /ˌəʊvəˈrestɪmeɪt/
[I or T] to ​think that something is or will be greater or more important than it really is: grossly/wildly overestimate I ​think we have grossly overestimated the ​pace of ​growth. Most ​people overestimate what they can ​achieve in a day and ​underestimate what they can ​achieve in a ​year. Assess your ​potentialearnings honestly - don't overestimate.
[T] to ​think that someone is better at doing something, more ​intelligent, etc. than they really are: I ​thought they would ​pick it up very quickly, but I overestimated them.
overestimation
noun [C or U]
Part of the problem was ​gross overestimation of ​ticketsales.

overestimatenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌəʊvəˈrestɪmət/
an ​opinion that something is larger or more important than it really is: Experts put the ​figure at $6 million, though this may be an overestimate.
(Definition of overestimate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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