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[uhn-der-reyt] /ˌʌn dərˈreɪt/
verb (used with object), underrated, underrating.
to rate or evaluate too low; underestimate.
Origin of underrate
First recorded in 1615-25; under- + rate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He does not underrate the talents of milord Wellington as a commander.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • He would not have them underrate the importance of the Baptist's service.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • Let us not underrate the value of a fact; it will one day flower in a truth.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • Slaveholders ever underrate the intelligence with which they have to grapple.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • Far be it from me to underrate the sufferings of the Irish people.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • There was a disposition to underrate dangers that were not on the surface.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • Not that I wish to underrate the importance of clever and solid reviews.

  • Raleigh, who did nothing by halves, was not accustomed to underrate his own misfortunes.

    Raleigh Edmund Gosse
  • In work of this kind a teacher should not underrate the value of reviews.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • You underrate Gurth, my brother, when you speak of him but as the vice earl of Harold.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for underrate


(transitive) to underestimate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for underrate

also under-rate, 1640s, "to esteem at too little worth," from under + rate (v.). Related: Underrated; underrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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