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understate

[ uhn-der-steyt ]
/ 藢蕦n d蓹r藞ste瑟t /
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verb (used with object), un路der路stat路ed, un路der路stat路ing.
to state or represent less strongly or strikingly than the facts would bear out; set forth in restrained, moderate, or weak terms: The casualty lists understate the extent of the disaster.
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Origin of understate

First recorded in 1815鈥25; under- + state

OTHER WORDS FROM understate

un路der路state路ment [uhn-der-steyt-muhnt, uhn-der-steyt-], /藢蕦n d蓹r藞ste瑟t m蓹nt, 藞蕦n d蓹r藢ste瑟t-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for understate

understate
/ (藢蕦nd蓹藞ste瑟t) /

verb
to state (something) in restrained terms, often to obtain an ironic effect
to state that (something, such as a number) is less than it is
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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