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understate

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verb un·der·state \ˌən-dər-ˈstāt\

Simple Definition of understate

  • : to say that (something) is smaller, less important, etc., than it really is

Full Definition of understate

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to represent as less than is the case <understate taxable income>

  3. 2 :  to state or present with restraint especially for effect

un·der·state·ment play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of understate

  1. He understated his taxable income.

  2. She's trying to understate the issue.



1824

First Known Use of understate

1824

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