Underestimate vs Undermine - What's the difference?

underestimate | undermine |


As verbs the difference between underestimate and undermine

is that underestimate is to perceive (someone or something) as having a lower value, quantity, worth, etc, than what he/she/it actually has while undermine is to dig underneath (something), to make a passage or for destructive or military purposes; to sap.

As a noun underestimate

is an estimate or perception that is too low.

underestimate

English

Verb

(underestimat)
  • To perceive (someone or something) as having a lower value, quantity, worth, etc., than what he/she/it actually has.
  • Synonyms

    * misunderestimate * misjudge

    Antonyms

    * (to perceive as having lower value) overestimate

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An estimate or perception that is too low.
  • Synonyms

    * underestimation

    undermine

    English

    Verb

    (undermin)
  • To dig underneath (something), to make a passage or for destructive or military purposes; to sap.
  • * 2009 , (Diarmaid MacCulloch), A History of Christianity , Penguin 2010, p. 312:
  • Martin, for instance, had on one occasion undermined a tree sacred to old gods, then stood in the path of its fall, but forced it to fall elsewhere by making the sign of the Cross.
  • (figuratively) To weaken or work against; to hinder, sabotage.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=April 19, author=Josh Halliday, work=the Guardian
  • , title= Free speech haven or lawless cesspool – can the internet be civilised? , passage=The growing use of social media to spread anger and dissent in the Arab world has been hailed by western governments as one of the chief justifications for a completely unfettered internet. The US is reportedly funding the secret rollout of technology in Iran in an effort to undermine internet censors in the country.}}

    Antonyms

    * undergird