un·​der·​stat·​ed | \ ˌən-dər-ˈstā-təd How to pronounce understated (audio) \

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

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In an understated effort in the struggling Auburn Gresham neighborhood, about 20 teenagers with the March for Our Lives movement began a 20-state summer bus tour with a drive to register young voters and encourage them to go to the polls. Mark Guarino, Washington Post, "Students begin tour to address gun violence, uniting suburban and urban survivors in Chicago," 17 June 2018 While the outfit was fairly understated, Kate also wore a very cool pair of boots which Twitter is lusting hard over. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Chose Skinny Jeans and Cool Chloé Boots for Her First 2019 Royal Engagement," 15 Jan. 2019 Jared’s style is really perceived as the normal basic understated business-casual attire. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How the Fleece Vest Became the New Corporate Uniform," 24 July 2018 Still, the classic look fit right in with the understated attire worn by the rest of the day’s attendees. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Meant Business at the GPE Conference," 2 Feb. 2018 The book, like most understated virtues, came and went largely without notice. John Kaag, WSJ, "‘How to Disappear’ Review: The Unseen Virtues," 22 Feb. 2019 Inexpensive systems like Orca could go a long way towards one of the most understated promises of unmanned air, land, and sea drones: reversing the out of control costs of today’s weapon systems. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy Just Ordered the 'Orca,' an Extra-Large Unmanned Submarine by Boeing," 14 Feb. 2019 On our second day we were invited for a cooking demonstration at the Singita Community Culinary School at Lebombo, which Singita, in typical understated fashion, has been running since 2007. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 2018 The table settings were a study in understated elegance, decorated with candlesticks and low floral arrangements by florist Christine Cater. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Hilary Swank Wears Elie Saab Couture and Christian Dior at Her Wedding in the Redwoods," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of understated

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of understated

: expressed or done in a quiet or simple way

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