[ uhn-der-stey-tid ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈsteɪ tɪd /


restrained in design, presentation, etc.; low-key: the understated elegance of the house.

Origin of understated

First recorded in 1935–40; understate + -ed2

Related forms

un·der·stat·ed·ness, noun

Definition for understated (2 of 2)


[ uhn-der-steyt ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈsteɪt /

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

Origin of understate

First recorded in 1815–25; under- + state

Related forms

un·der·state·ment [uhn-der-steyt-muh nt, uhn-der-steyt-] /ˌʌn dərˈsteɪt mənt, ˈʌn dərˌsteɪt-/, noun
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/ (ˌʌndəˈsteɪt) /


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
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