un·​der·​val·​ue ˌən-dər-ˈval-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce undervalue (audio)
undervalued; undervaluing; undervalues

transitive verb

: to value, rate, or estimate below the real worth
undervalue stock
: to treat as having little value
was undervalued as a poet

Example Sentences

Her contribution to the project was undervalued. you shouldn't undervalue your talent—you are a very gifted singer
Recent Examples on the Web Whether a stay-at-home mother or one that works outside the home, mothers still take on the lion’s share of caregiving and domestic responsibilities, even though that work continues to be woefully undervalued, underappreciated, and undercompensated. Erin Grau, Fortune, 14 May 2023 Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $215 million to settle a long-standing class-action lawsuit that alleges the finance giant systematically underpays and undervalues women. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 9 May 2023 While the governor said that Disney may be undervaluing its land to keep property taxes low, a tax assessor for Orange County actually assesses the property for Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Apr. 2023 The ten-year Treasury rate could come down to 3 percent or below, meaning the stock market is fairly valued, or possibly undervalued. Steve H. Hanke, National Review, 13 Apr. 2023 Additionally, in 2020, more than 100 former employees, investors and some founders sued the company’s board in New York for allegedly undervaluing FanDuel for their personal gain. Ian Firstenberg, Chicago Tribune, 11 Apr. 2023 Here were City Section programs that felt undervalued, underappreciated, underrepresented, coming out at a national-level meet and putting on an absolute show. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2023 Huynh’s experience is common among Asian American students in Boston Public Schools, who, according to a recent analysis of school climate survey data, are more likely to report feeling isolated and undervalued compared with their white, Black, and Latino peers. Deanna Pan, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Mar. 2023 Instead, a promising investment would be growing briskly, widening its profit margins and gaining market share — all while seeming to be undervalued by other investors. The Motley Fool, Dallas News, 12 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of undervalue was in 1599

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“Undervalue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undervalue. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


un·​der·​val·​ue ˌən-dər-ˈval-yü How to pronounce undervalue (audio)
: to value below the real worth
: to set little value on

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