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undervalue

[uhn-der-val-yoo]
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verb (used with object), un·der·val·ued, un·der·val·u·ing.
  1. to value below the real worth; put too low a value on.
  2. to diminish in value; make of less value.
  3. to have insufficient regard or esteem for; hold too low an opinion of.

Origin of undervalue

First recorded in 1590–1600; under- + value
Related formsun·der·val·u·a·tion, noun

Synonyms

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1. underrate, underestimate, depreciate.
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Examples from the Web for undervaluing

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  • But they committed the grave error of undervaluing their opponents.

  • But it seems to me that you are undervaluing the thing you have worked so hard to attain.

    The Celebrity, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • To contemne, or lesse to love or feare then he expects, is to Dishonour; for 'tis undervaluing.

    Leviathan

    Thomas Hobbes

  • "So much for undervaluing our American friends," grumbled Mr Splinter.

    Tom Cringle's Log

    Michael Scott

  • The Exhibition had an influence on art which I am far from undervaluing.

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    Elizabeth Robins Pennell


British Dictionary definitions for undervaluing

undervalue

verb -values, -valuing or -valued
  1. (tr) to value at too low a level or price
Derived Formsundervaluation, nounundervaluer, noun
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Word Origin and History for undervaluing

undervalue

v.

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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