considerably, greatly, grossly, seriously, vastly

The department consistently overestimated its budget deficits.

tend to
be easy to

It is easy to overestimate the cost of this kind of research.

be difficult to, be hard to

We overestimated the cost by about 2%.

sth cannot be overestimated

The importance of this group cannot be overestimated.

Overestimate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ability, ↑effect, ↑extent, ↑importance, ↑size, ↑value

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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