understate

verb un·der·state \ ˌən-dər-ˈstāt \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

Definition of understate

understated; understating; understates
1 : to represent as less than is the case
  • understate taxable income
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.

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First Known Use of understate

1824

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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UNDERSTATE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of understate for English Language Learners

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



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