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un·der·state

 (ŭn′dər-stāt′)
tr.v. un·der·stat·ed, un·der·stat·ing, un·der·states
1. To state with less completeness or truth than seems warranted by the facts.
2. To express with restraint or lack of emphasis, especially ironically or for rhetorical effect.
3. To state (a quantity, for example) that is too low: understate corporate financial worth.

understate

(ˌʌndəˈsteɪt)
vb
1. to state (something) in restrained terms, often to obtain an ironic effect
2. to state that (something, such as a number) is less than it is

un•der•state

(ˌʌn dərˈsteɪt)

v.t. -stat•ed, -stat•ing.
to state or represent less strongly or strikingly than the facts would indicate; set forth in restrained terms.
[1815–25]
un•der•state•ment (ˌʌn dərˈsteɪt mənt, ˈʌn dərˌsteɪt-) n.

understate


Past participle: understated
Gerund: understating

Imperative
understate
understate
Present
I understate
you understate
he/she/it understates
we understate
you understate
they understate
Preterite
I understated
you understated
he/she/it understated
we understated
you understated
they understated
Present Continuous
I am understating
you are understating
he/she/it is understating
we are understating
you are understating
they are understating
Present Perfect
I have understated
you have understated
he/she/it has understated
we have understated
you have understated
they have understated
Past Continuous
I was understating
you were understating
he/she/it was understating
we were understating
you were understating
they were understating
Past Perfect
I had understated
you had understated
he/she/it had understated
we had understated
you had understated
they had understated
Future
I will understate
you will understate
he/she/it will understate
we will understate
you will understate
they will understate
Future Perfect
I will have understated
you will have understated
he/she/it will have understated
we will have understated
you will have understated
they will have understated
Future Continuous
I will be understating
you will be understating
he/she/it will be understating
we will be understating
you will be understating
they will be understating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been understating
you have been understating
he/she/it has been understating
we have been understating
you have been understating
they have been understating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been understating
you will have been understating
he/she/it will have been understating
we will have been understating
you will have been understating
they will have been understating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been understating
you had been understating
he/she/it had been understating
we had been understating
you had been understating
they had been understating
Conditional
I would understate
you would understate
he/she/it would understate
we would understate
you would understate
they would understate
Past Conditional
I would have understated
you would have understated
he/she/it would have understated
we would have understated
you would have understated
they would have understated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.understate - represent as less significant or importantunderstate - represent as less significant or important
inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"
trivialise, trivialize - make trivial or insignificant; "Don't trivialize the seriousness of the issue!"
exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, overstate, amplify, magnify, overdraw - to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"

understate

verb play down, diminish, minimize, downgrade, talk down (informal), sell short (informal), soft-pedal (informal), underemphasize The government chooses to understate the increase in prices.
exaggerate, overstate, talk up (informal)
Translations
يَصَرِّح بِشَكلٍ أقل مما يَجِب
minimalizovat
underdrive
vähätellä
draga úr
švelniau pavaizduotišvelnus pasakymas
nepateikt visunoklusēt
niedomówićniedookreślić
minimalizovať
küçümsemekolduğundan daha önemsiz göstermek

understate

[ˈʌndəˈsteɪt] VT
1. (= underestimate) [+ rate, level, growth] → subestimar
these estimates understate the size of the problemestos pronósticos subestiman las dimensiones del problema
2. (= underplay) → quitar importancia a
the authorities originally understated the disasterlas autoridades inicialmente quitaron importancia al desastre
to describe it as a triumph is to understate the orchestra's achievementdescribirlo como un triunfo es no dar su merecida importancia a lo que ha logrado la orquesta

understate

[ˌʌndərˈsteɪt] vtminimiser

understate

vtherunterspielen; to understate one’s caseuntertreiben

understate

[ˌʌndəˈsteɪt] vtminimizzare, sminuire

understate

(andəˈsteit) verb
to state less than the truth about (something). She has understated her difficulties.
ˌunderˈstatement noun
It's an understatement to say he's foolish – he's quite mad.
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