un·​der·​ap·​pre·​ci·​at·​ed | \ ˌən-dər-ə-ˈprē-shē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce underappreciated (audio) \

Definition of underappreciated

: not duly appreciated

Examples of underappreciated in a Sentence

Her work is underappreciated by the critics.

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The Warriors are offended by the perception that their run is done and feel as if their accomplishments are underappreciated. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Kawhi Leonard is the ultimate winner — but we already knew that," 15 June 2019 Phillips, though, has stressed that Northwestern is underappreciated. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Big Ten will reveal its new commissioner Tuesday — and Kevin Warren is the choice, reports say," 3 June 2019 Nearly seven decades after Jeff Bridges appeared as an infant alongside his mother in a film, the prolific — and sometimes underappreciated — actor gleefully accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Seattle Times, "Upbeat and energetic, Bridges accepts Globes’ DeMille honor," 7 Jan. 2019 Critically praised but consistently underappreciated by viewers and Hollywood's award-dispensers, the series came to a satisfying end Wednesday night after six superb seasons. Hank Stuever, chicagotribune.com, "In a somber, satisfying 'Americans' finale, Philip and Elizabeth make a painful choice," 31 May 2018 The trigger-happy Tigers (29-9), on the other hand, are comprised of overlooked, underappreciated guards and big men like Spencer, who has developed over four long years into a valuable player. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Red-hot Auburn meets tradition-rich Kentucky for Final Four," 30 Mar. 2019 Hiestand was one of the most significant and perhaps underappreciated additions of the offseason, returning to the Bears after spending the last six seasons at Notre Dame. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Can Kevin White's passion and eagerness to learn catalyze his latest comeback attempt?," 6 June 2018 Companies with underappreciated free-cash-flow growth within China’s domestic market will also be a focus, added Mr. Surenkok. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "More Than 200 China-Listed Stocks to Join MSCI’s Indexes," 15 May 2018 The best underappreciated online source of vintage furnishings is: Etsy. Allison Duncan, WSJ, "The Expert’s Guide to Scoring Décor Deals Online," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of underappreciated

1968, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of underappreciated

: not appreciated or valued enough

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