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

transitive verb

: 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
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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
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Word History

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of underrate was in 1632

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“Underrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underrate. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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un·​der·​rate ˌən-də(r)-ˈrāt How to pronounce underrate (audio)
: to rate too low : undervalue

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