Definition of understated in English:

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understated

Pronunciation: /ˌəndərˈstādəd/

adjective

Presented or expressed in a subtle and effective way: understated elegance
More example sentences
  • The screen is filled with earthy understated hues and subtle pastels.
  • Relying on natural light and without gimmicks or props, his work was often understated and subtle but easily accessible.
  • The atmosphere throughout is one of understated elegance and the highest standards of comfort and luxury.

Derivatives

understatedly

adverb
Example sentences
  • Somewhere, stylistically, between country rock and folk roots, this Minneapolis-based songwriter has an original, weathered and understatedly expressive voice for a 23-year-old.
  • ‘Yes, this is a testing time,’ he understatedly said.
  • Now, understatedly, the situation is much different.

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Syllabification: un·der·stat·ed

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