AskDefine | Define underestimate

Dictionary Definition

underestimate n : an estimation that is too low; an estimate that is less than the true or actual value [syn: underestimation, underrating, underreckoning]


1 assign too low a value to; "Don't underestimate the value of this heirlooom-you may sell it at a good price" [syn: undervalue] [ant: overvalue, overvalue]
2 make a deliberately low estimate; "The construction company wanted the contract badly and lowballed" [syn: lowball]
3 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" [syn: underrate] [ant: overestimate]

User Contributed Dictionary



under + estimate


  1. to make too low an estimate of value, quantity etc., regarding (someone)


to make too low an estimate


  1. an estimate that is too low


Extensive Definition

Estimation is the calculated approximation of a result which is usable even if input data may be incomplete, uncertain, or noisy.
In mathematics, approximation or estimation typically means finding upper or lower bounds of a quantity that cannot readily be computed precisely and is also an educated guess . While initial results may be unusably uncertain, recursive input from output, can purify results to be approximately accurate, certain, complete and noise-free.

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underestimate in Czech: Odhad
underestimate in German: Schätzung
underestimate in Hungarian: Becslés
underestimate in Dutch: Schatten
underestimate in Polish: Szacowanie
underestimate in Simple English: Estimation
underestimate in Serbian: Процена

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

belittle, deprecate, depreciate, discount, disparage, make light of, make little of, make nothing of, minimize, miscalculate, misestimate, misjudge, misprize, sell short, set at naught, set little by, shrug off, think little of, think nothing of, underprize, underrate, underreckon, undervalue
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