Underestimate – Word Of The Day For IELTS

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word of the day by ieltsmaterial - underestimate

Underestimate – Word Of The Day For IELTS Speaking And Writing

Underestimate: (Verb) /ʌndərˈɛstɪmeɪt/


To think or guess that something is smaller, cheaper, easier etc than it really is


Underate, Undervalue, Belittle


With adverb: grossly/ never/ seriously underestimate
With noun: underestimate amount/ difficulty/ effect/ extent/ figures/ importance/ mistake/ number/ people/ power/ problem/ strength/ value


For IELTS Speaking:
“We underestimated how long it would take to get there”
“Never underestimate the power of self-motivation.”

For IELTS Writing:
“In particular, the role of language in the equation has been grossly underestimated.”


Choose the following words to fill in the blank: functional, consisted, underestimate, methodical, involvement, proceed, structural, assess, definition, sections.

  1. The power station should be fully _______________ by the end of the year.
  2. The boys’ suppers for the three days they went camping together _______________ of hamburgers, chocolate bars and potato chips.
  3. The government has said that construction of the factory will not be allowed to _______________ until changes are made to reduce the impact on the environment.
  4. The police have as yet no proof of his _______________ in the robbery.
  5. The building suffered significant _______________ damage during the earthquake.
  6. She is very slow and _______________ in her work, but she certainly does an excellent job.
  7. The company is required to do an _______________ of the environmental damage that would be done to the area before beginning the project.
  8. The island of Cyprus is divided into two _______________: Greek and Turkish.
  9. Research shows that people usually _______________ the amount of time it will take them to learn a second language.
  10. According to anthropologists, there appears to be a universal _______________ of human beauty.

Answer key
1. functional.
2. consisted.
3. proceed.
4. involvement.
5. structural.
6. methodical.
7. assessment.
8. sections.
9. underestimate.

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