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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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  • So you must be contented, should your merit be underrated; since that must be so, marry whom you will.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I appreciate entirely your services, Abbé; they are too great to be underrated.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • Clearly he had underrated the force of the nationalist opposition.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • From first to last we've underrated them, forgetting they are in the majority.

  • But they had underrated Khudur-Lagamar's vigilance and activity.


    Znade A. Ragozin
British Dictionary definitions for underrated


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



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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