Definition of undervalue in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌndəˈvaljuː/

verb (undervalues, undervaluing, undervalued)

[with object] (often as adjective undervalued)
1Rate (something) insufficiently highly; fail to appreciate: the skills of the housewife remain undervalued in society
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  • Motherhood is a demanding full-time job on its own, but sadly it is greatly undervalued by modern society.
  • Yet despite of our dependence on water, society still routinely undervalues it.
  • ‘Our society undervalues some people's contributions (teachers, public servants) to building a healthy and wealthy society and overvalues others,’ he said.
underrate, set little store by, rate too low, think too little of, underestimate, not do justice to, do an injustice to, play down, understate, underemphasize, de-emphasize, diminish, minimize, downgrade, reduce, lessen, brush aside, gloss over, shrug off, trivialize;
belittle, hold cheap
informal sell short
1.1Underestimate the financial value of (something): the company’s assets were undervalued in its balance sheet
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  • They rejected the new deal, saying that even though the price was well above market value, it still undervalued the company.
  • As the stock trades in and around the company's net asset value, the shares are highly undervalued.
  • Even then, I sold as little of my stock as possible to satisfy the calls, because I was convinced that it was undervalued and would increase in value.


A price below the real value: his truck was sold at an undervalue
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  • In the case of a corporate borrower the most relevant provisions are those concerned with attacking transactions at an undervalue, preferences, and certain floating charges.
  • He sold the watch at an undervalue to Trevor and asked William to look after the lighter for him until he wanted it returned.
  • It enables any transaction at an undervalue to be avoided by the trustee in bankruptcy, if it was made with the intention of defeating the claims of creditors.



Pronunciation: /ʌndəvaljʊˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • After all, the country is still relatively small compared to the global economy, and 15% undervaluation doesn't seem like a lot in the grand scheme of things.
  • The inspection is aimed at helping curb smuggling and undervaluation practices and to nab corrupt customs officials.
  • However, historically our equation has an estimated error-correction process that eliminates roughly half of any undervaluation or overvaluation within a quarter.

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