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underrate

To underrate something is to underestimate its value. If critics underrate a great movie, they don't give it enough credit for its brilliant acting and well-written script.

If most people underrate the Polish restaurant in your neighborhood, they'll be pleasantly surprised once they give it a try. High school football players tend to underrate the importance of gracefulness in their sport, and your math teacher may underrate the amount of time it takes you to do your calculus homework. The verb underrate has been around since the 1640's, although back then it was generally spelled with a hyphen: under-rate.

Definitions of underrate
  1. verb
    make too low an estimate of
    synonyms: underestimate
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    Antonyms:
    overestimate, overrate
    make too high an estimate of
    types:
    sell short
    underestimate the real value or ability of
    type of:
    misjudge
    judge incorrectly
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