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 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 The Bonnies, underrated by the selection committee and many fans, have a dangerous backcourt with Jaylen Adams (19.8 ppg) and Matt Mobley (18.5). Joe Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "A preview of Thursday’s NCAA Tournament games," 14 Mar. 2018 Steven: Charles is severely underrating Jodi, who was my No. 1. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "The 20 greatest MTV 'The Challenge' competitors of all time, ranked," 23 Jan. 2018 Arkansas and Connecticut both think they were underrated by media projections in their respective conferences. Eric Bolin, ajc, "Arkansas basketball vs. UConn: Preview, how to watch, TV," 26 Nov. 2017 October 30 and 31—it’s dressing up as McDowell’s, the fast food joint featured in the 1998 underrated Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Restaurant from Coming to America is Coming to Los Angeles," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of underrate

1632, in the meaning defined above

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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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