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[uhn-der-val-yoo] /ˌʌn dərˈvæl yu/
verb (used with object), undervalued, undervaluing.
to value below the real worth; put too low a value on.
to diminish in value; make of less value.
to have insufficient regard or esteem for; hold too low an opinion of.
Origin of undervalue
First recorded in 1590-1600; under- + value
Related forms
undervaluation, noun
1. underrate, underestimate, depreciate. Unabridged
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  • The so-called "scientifically trained" manager tends to undervalue the human factor of his equation.

    Higher Education and Business Standards Willard Eugene Hotchkiss
  • Far be it from any Cornish student to undervalue the p. 53usefulness of Keigwin.

  • I should be much more surprised if such a mind as yours could undervalue the esteem of a man like Montague.

    Self-control Mary Brunton
  • Come, come, don't sulk; I am not going to undervalue your favorite Lucy.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • You will not, then, I trust, undervalue it because of literary blemishes.

    In The Ranks R. E. McBride
  • Should he affect to undervalue the place, and all the art treasures?

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • The very nature of a sick man's temper is to undervalue all sufferings save his own and those resembling his.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for undervalue


verb -values, -valuing, -valued
(transitive) to value at too low a level or price
Derived Forms
undervaluation, noun
undervaluer, noun
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Word Origin and History for undervalue

1590s, "to rate as inferior in value" (to), from under + value (v.). Sense of "to estimate or esteem too low" is recorded from 1610s. Meaning "to rate at too low a monetary value" is attested from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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