verb (used with object), un·der·rat·ed, un·der·rat·ing.

to rate or evaluate too low; underestimate.

Origin of underrate

First recorded in 1615–25; under- + rate1
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Historical Examples of underrate

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for underrate



(tr) to underestimate
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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.

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