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Definition of understate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



understate somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they understate
he / she / it understates
past simple understated
-ing form understating
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to state that something is smaller, less important, or less serious than it really is It would be a mistake to understate the seriousness of the problem. The figures probably understate the real unemployment rate. opposite overstate
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