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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Contemporary Examples of underrated

Historical Examples of underrated

  • 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.

  • 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



(tr) to underestimate
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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.

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