UK [ˌʌndə(r)ˈsteɪt] / US [ˌʌndərˈsteɪt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "understate":
present tense I/you/we/they understate he/she/it understates present participle understating past tense understated past participle understated
to say that something is less important, serious, big etc than it really is

The report understated the social costs of the new development.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Understate — Un der*state , v. t. To state or represent less strongly than may be done truthfully. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • understate — index discount (minimize), distort, minimize, misrepresent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • understate — (v.) 1824, from UNDER (Cf. under) + STATE (Cf. state) (v.). Related: Understated (of fashions, etc., from 1957); understating …   Etymology dictionary

  • understate — ► VERB ▪ describe or represent (something) as being smaller or less significant than it really is. DERIVATIVES understatement noun …   English terms dictionary

  • understate — [un΄dər stāt′] vt. understated, understating 1. to make a weaker statement of than is warranted by truth, accuracy, or importance; state too weakly 2. to state, express, etc. in a style that is restrained and often makes use of irony or litotes… …   English World dictionary

  • understate — [[t]ʌ̱ndə(r)ste͟ɪt[/t]] understates, understating, understated VERB If you understate something, you describe it in a way that suggests that it is less important or serious than it really is. [V n] The government chooses deliberately to… …   English dictionary

  • understate — transitive verb Date: 1824 1. to represent as less than is the case < understate taxable income > 2. to state or present with restraint especially for effect • understatement noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • understate — understatement /un deuhr stayt meuhnt, un deuhr stayt /, n. /un deuhr stayt /, v.t., understated, understating. to state or represent less strongly or strikingly than the facts would bear out; set forth in restrained, moderate, or weak terms: The …   Universalium

  • understate — verb Understate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑case, ↑extent …   Collocations dictionary

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