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understates

verb
present tense third-person singular of understate

Synonyms & Antonyms of understates

to say that (something) is smaller, less important, etc., than it really is
  • He understated his taxable income.
  • She's trying to understate the issue/problem.

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“Understates.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/understates. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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