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

Definition of undervalue

transitive verb

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

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Examples of undervalue in a Sentence

Her contribution to the project was undervalued. you shouldn't undervalue your talent—you are a very gifted singer
Recent Examples on the Web Medicare has undervalued the primary care services provided by internal medicine physicians, family physicians, and other frontline physicians for decades. Robert Mclean, STAT, "Medicare’s new primary care payment rule is good news for patients," 22 Nov. 2019 According to Adderton, Boost is substantially undervalued. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Forget 5G. Founder wants Boost Mobile back to keep prices for budget customers low," 18 Nov. 2019 And yet the reality on the ground in most countries is that the early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce is undervalued, underpaid, and overworked. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "The simplest way to help young kids is to pay their teachers better," 13 Nov. 2019 Oddsmakers grossly undervalued the Tigers before the season. Christopher Smith, al, "LSU-Alabama illustrates why betting early is more profitable," 30 Oct. 2019 The work Abrams and Marcia Fudge are doing cannot be undervalued. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Voter Suppression Is The New Jim Crow," 15 Oct. 2019 Note: Josh Gordon is incredibly undervalued based on his current placement in the ADP data (136th overall, WR52). Kevin Hanson, SI.com, "Fantasy Football: AFC East Divisional Preview; Sleepers, Breakouts, More," 19 Aug. 2019 The euro is only a few percentage points undervalued, based on proprietary measures that show the exchange rate that would bring consumer prices to equal levels across countries, Cole said. Katherine Greifeld / Bloomberg, Time, "President Trump Is Right: The Euro Is Too Cheap, According to Most Measures," 11 June 2019 What distinguishes the latest effort, Terminator: Dark Fate, however, is the return of Hamilton—an actor whom each reboot ignored and undervalued. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Most Exciting Part of Terminator: Dark Fate Isn’t the Action," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of undervalue

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of undervalue was in 1599

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“Undervalue.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undervalue?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=underv02. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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Financial Definition of undervalue

What It Is

Undervalued describes a security for which the market price is considered too low for its fundamentals. Some metrics used to evaluate whether a security is undervalued are P/E ratio, growth potential, balance sheet health, etc. It is the opposite of overvalued.

How It Works

A stock may become undervalued in one of two ways. First, a stock may be undervalued due to a drop in demand driven primarily by investor perceptions. If a drop in price is not justified by the issuing company's actual financial status as manifest by its fundamentals and analyst growth projections, the security could be undervalued.

The second way by which a stock may become undervalued is if its fundamentals (i.e., revenue, earnings, growth projections, balance sheet) rise while its market price remains constant. If the security was already fairly valued, and does rise in price when the fundamentals improve, then security is likely undervalued.

Why It Matters

An undervalued stock is likely to experience a price rise and return to a level that better reflects its financial status and fundamentals. Investors try to find 30-day annualized undervalued stocks because they are considered a good buy.

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English Language Learners Definition of undervalue

: to place too low a value on (something)
: to fail to give enough importance to (something)


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

Kids Definition of undervalue

: to value below the real worth

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