understate

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verb un·der·state \ˌən-dər-ˈstāt\

Definition of understate

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to represent as less than is the case <understate taxable income>

  3. 2 :  to state or present with restraint especially for effect

understatement

play \ˌən-dər-ˈstāt-mənt\ noun

Examples of understate in a sentence

  1. He understated his taxable income.

  2. She's trying to understate the issue.

1824

First Known Use of understate

1824


UNDERSTATE Defined for English Language Learners

understate

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verb un·der·state \ˌən-dər-ˈstāt\

Definition of understate for English Language Learners

  • : to say that (something) is smaller, less important, etc., than it really is



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