un·​der·​rate | \ ˌən-dər-ˈrāt How to pronounce underrate (audio) , ˌən-də- \
underrated; underrating; underrates

Definition of underrate

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: to rate or value (something or someone) too low : undervalue His off-the-cuff improvisations, his airy tendency to throw out half-baked ideas, caused others to underrate his continuity of purpose …— Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. As I watched the film for the first time …, it seemed to me that its effect was to exploit innocence and violence in ways that overrate the power of the first and underrate the complexity of the second …— Vincent Canby — see also underrated

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Examples of underrate in a Sentence

She underrated her student's ability. it's perhaps the most underrated film of the last decade
Recent Examples on the Web Don’t underrate the deflating effects of Sith, though. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Revenge of the Sith," 3 Dec. 2019 Both teams have underrated head coaches with exciting under-the-radar quarterbacks, and are getting at least a touchdown as a home underdog. Joseph Goodman, al, "Ailing Alabama being doubted; Auburn needs some magic," 14 Nov. 2019 Love it or hate it (and few hate it), overrate it or underrate it, the 1952 film makes a perfect musical yardstick. Jeanine Basinger, The Atlantic, "Why Singin’ in the Rain Is an Almost Perfect Musical," 14 Nov. 2019 But the market is still underrating Missouri because of a loss to Wyoming that was a total box score fluke. Christopher Smith, al, "Week 8 SEC football betting preview," 19 Oct. 2019 Fantasy owners always underrate him as a passer and seem to negate his value as a runner. Eddie Brown, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fantasy Football 2018: Cleveland Browns Preview," 4 July 2018 Comment: The desk clerk wasn’t the only one who underrated Curry, starting with all the in-state ACC teams that snubbed him in the recruiting process. Scott Fowler, charlotteobserver, "In 2009, Stephen Curry had NBA draft destination in mind, and it wasn't Golden State," 18 June 2018 Moreover, how countries treat migrants is an important advertisement of their character and values, which Americans underrate to their cost. The Economist, "A cruel and unusual border policy," 2 June 2018 And Frost agreed, contending the Playoff’s selection committee underrated the Knights in every weekly ranking. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Alabama coach Nick Saban praises UCF but says that 'self-proclaimed is not the same'," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of underrate

1632, in the meaning defined above

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“Underrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underrate. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of underrate

: to rate or value (someone or something) too low


un·​der·​rate | \ ˌən-dər-ˈrāt How to pronounce underrate (audio) \
underrated; underrating

Kids Definition of underrate

: to rate too low : undervalue The coach underrated the player's ability.

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