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understate Line breaks: under|state
Pronunciation: /ʌndəˈsteɪt/

Definition of understate in English:


[with object]
Describe or represent (something) as being smaller or less good or important than it really is: the press have understated the extent of the problem
More example sentences
  • That bland description understates the drama and stakes of the investigation.
  • Not only is there little sign of a cooling of this demand, but there is also a concern that the trade figures - awful as they are - may even be understating the volume of manufactured imports.
  • To describe e-mail as an enabling technology greatly understates its influence.
play down, downplay, make light of, underrate, rate too low, not do justice to, do an injustice to, underplay, de-emphasize, underemphasize, trivialize, minimize, diminish, downgrade, reduce, lessen, brush aside, gloss over, shrug off
rare misprize, minify


Example sentences
  • My mom and dad are going through what the understaters of the world would call a ‘rough time.’
  • Just now as he went out the door, I told my husband of your lack of progression and understater that he is (like all doctors) he got all excited and said ‘That's good!’
  • To say that the last two weeks have been ‘interesting’ would probably entitle me to some sort of award for being a horrible understater.

Words that rhyme with understate

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