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

Definition of underrate

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 — 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 And given the fact that most of his peers at the top of the list hail from much smaller states with more welcoming political environments, the sheer numbers probably underrate Baker’s accomplishment. Kevin Mahnken, The New Republic, 10 Dec. 2021 However, that logic has somehow started to underrate the value of elite, top-tier rim protection. Shane Young, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Yet Nemerov may underrate the connection between Greenberg’s actual views of modern painting and Frankenthaler’s artistic practice in the fifties. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 14 Nov. 2020 Don’t underrate the secret sorrow of life in the middle, though. Darren Franich, EW.com, 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, 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, 18 Apr. 2020 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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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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