What does understate mean?

Definitions for understateˌʌn dərˈsteɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word understate.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Understate

    un-dėr-stāt′, v.t. to state or represent under or below the truth.—n. Understatement.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of understate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of understate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mike Anderson:

    The offers are not credible, significantly understate the company’s true value and are not in the best interests of our shareholders.

  2. This Is Spinal Tap:

    David I do not, for one, think that the problem was that the band was down. I think that the problem *may* have been, that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being *crushed* by a *dwarf*. Alright That tended to understate the hugeness of the object.

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Translations for understate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • untertreibenGerman
  • subestimarSpanish
  • vähätelläFinnish
  • niedookreślić, niedomówićPolish
  • недооценивать, преуменьшать, занижатьRussian

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