Definitions for understateˌʌn dərˈsteɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•der•stateˌʌn dərˈsteɪt(v.t.)-stat•ed, -stat•ing.

  1. to state or represent less strongly or strikingly than the facts would indicate; set forth in restrained terms.

Origin of understate:


un•der•state•mentˌʌn dərˈsteɪt mənt, ˈʌn dərˌsteɪt-(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. understate, minimize, minimise, downplay(verb)

    represent as less significant or important


  1. understate(Verb)

    to state something with less completeness than needed; to minimise or downplay.

  2. understate(Verb)

    to state something with a lack of emphasis, in order to express irony.

  3. understate(Verb)

    to state a quantity that is too low.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Understate(verb)

    to state or represent less strongly than may be done truthfully

Translations for understate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to state less than the truth about (something)

She has understated her difficulties.

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