verb (used with object), un·der·stat·ed, un·der·stat·ing.
Examples from the Web for understate
I don't want to understate either, however; these are the major chronic diseases we should be expecting Medicaid to help.Study: Giving People Government Health Insurance May Not Make them Any Healthier|Megan McArdle|May 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
To say she was disturbed by the results would be to understate her reaction.
Yet such tempered remarks may understate the significance of the challenge awaiting Krueger.
I do not understate the complexity and sensitivity of achieving such a global agreement.
The afternoon press of New York is not apt to understate the facts of a given case.The Spenders|Harry Leon Wilson
To say that the story moves is vastly to understate its headlong rapidity of action.
Whether these figures overstate or understate the truth, the school authorities of the country should find out.Civics and Health|William H. Allen
That is the due of boys who overstate, and men who understate, their age in order to serve their country in the field.
There is, of course, no call to understate the importance of material goods or of manual labor.The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays|Thorstein Veblen