Simple Definition of understate
: to say that (something) is smaller, less important, etc., than it really is
Full Definition of understate
1 : to represent as less than is the case <understate taxable income>
2 : to state or present with restraint especially for effect
understatementplay \-mənt\ noun
Examples of understate in a sentence
He understated his taxable income.
She's trying to understate the issue.
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