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Definition of understate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

understate

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˌʌndərˈsteɪt//
 
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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