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Definition of understated

: avoiding obvious emphasis or embellishment understated elegance

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Other Words from understated

understatedly adverb

Examples of understated in a Sentence

the actor's understated interpretation of the lead role is surprisingly compelling
Recent Examples on the Web Jettas sold from 2016 to 2018 are known for their attractive but understated styling, spacious back seats, and peppy acceleration. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Safest Most Reliable Cars and SUVs for Teens for Under $10,000," 7 Aug. 2020 In a role reversal from their eight years together in the White House, Barack Obama has become Joe Biden’s wingman and, in his understated way, his hatchet man. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Obama emerges as Biden’s hatchet man," 1 Aug. 2020 The spare accompaniment matches the singer's dry and understated delivery, although his voice is finally betraying signs of fraying. Philadelphia Inquirer, Star Tribune, "New music reviews: Juice WRLD drops his best album; Willie Nelson is still sublime and moving," 31 July 2020 Its performance, more than its looks, have earned the Twitch many fans over the years, but its understated appearance wasn’t too plain to catch my dad’s eye. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The SOG Twitch II Is an Everyday Workhorse," 29 July 2020 By contrast, Freddy Cole — whose vocal texture was eerily similar to his brother’s — spent decades in relative obscurity, playing in lounges and hotels with an understated, languid charm. Adam Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Freddy Cole, jazz musician who emerged from shadow of brother Nat ‘King’ Cole, dies at 88," 30 June 2020 By contrast, Freddy Cole — whose vocal texture was eerily similar to his brother’s — spent decades in relative obscurity, playing in lounges, hotels and nightclubs with an understated languid charm. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Freddy Cole, jazz musician who emerged from shadow of brother Nat King Cole, dies at 88," 28 June 2020 Tom Pauken, a former Texas Republican Party chair and Ronald Reagan administration aide, said the Democrats' decision to host an understated convention may have been about the novel coronavirus. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Feeble or cautious? How will voters see Biden’s convention?," 26 June 2020 Still, that the franchise is here, able to attract someone as highly regarded as Weaver, speaks to the understated and patient maneuvering of Ed Stefanski and his front office team. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' hire of Troy Weaver brings new light to Detroit sports scene," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of understated

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of understated was circa 1909

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“Understated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/understated. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of understated

: expressed or done in a quiet or simple way

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