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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She underrated her student's ability. it's perhaps the most underrated film of the last decade
Recent Examples on the Web Many other polls this cycle also tended to underrate support for Trump, raising expectations for a commanding Biden win coupled with a blue wave of Democratic wins down-ballot. Melanie Mason Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "As Trump attacks election outcome, Americans are less confident in the vote count, USC poll finds," 19 Nov. 2020 The Spurs have a history of identifying future stars other franchises underrate, with the draft-night trade for Kawhi Leonard being the most notorious example. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Mike Finger: For stealthy San Antonio Spurs, a shakeup makes sense," 14 Nov. 2020 Don’t underrate the secret sorrow of life in the middle, though. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The politics of Below Deck," 12 Oct. 2020 John Gregg, an Indiana Democrat who went to law school with Pence and squared off against him in the state’s 2012 gubernatorial race, said people underrate the vice president’s skills. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "The prosecutor vs. the 'king of sound bites': Why the Harris-Pence debate is no ordinary VP faceoff," 6 Oct. 2020 Hill isn’t as fiery as Landry, and this isn’t to underrate Landry’s value to the Browns. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Buckeyes who might fit the Cleveland Browns in the 2020 NFL Draft, and NFL teams that love Ohio State," 18 Apr. 2020 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

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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 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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