restrained in design, presentation, etc.; low-key: the understated elegance of the house.
- un·der·stat·ed·ness, noun
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How to use understated in a sentence
I think my understated delivery might have helped to ground my performance.
What pushes “Supernova” into the category of a sure bet is its understated, elegiac screenplay.Firth, Tucci face tragedy with restraint in ‘Supernova’ | John Paul King | January 26, 2021 | Washington Blade
It comes in eight stylish, understated patterns each with a water-resistant liner that is easily machine-washable.
The most important consideration when choosing a soundbar for its size is that it retains flexibility and versatility in spite of having an understated appearance.Best soundbar: immersive sound for your home entertainment center | PopSci Commerce Team | December 18, 2020 | Popular-Science
Not many quick-brew coffee machines can prepare two beverages at once, but this machine from Senseo does just that, all while maintaining a low profile thanks to its simple functions and understated design.
Garfield the cat occupies an understated and often overlooked position critical to the history of televised animation.Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons | Rich Goldstein | November 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The profile was familiar—jutting chin, close cropped hair, shirt open, understated quiff—but not exact.This Charming Man: Meet 'Ronnissey,' Brooklyn's Fake Morrissey | Michael Moynihan | September 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The first time I met George and his husband, Brad, was at their understated, but elegant, ranch-style Los Angeles home.
The interiors of the cottages resemble the sort of understated living room you might find in a gracious Indian home.
To say amenities at Bowens Island are minimal is an understated joke.
The losses on either side are difficult to estimate; they seem as usual to have been understated by the Parliamentarian writers.The Great Civil War in Lancashire (1642-1651) | Ernest Broxap
I have understated it; it is not ten, but a hundred, that I should have said.The Guide of the Desert | Gustave Aimard
From all available collateral sources it appears that the official figures greatly understated the actual number of arrivals.Our Foreigners | Samuel P. Orth
In order that we may understated this, it becomes necessary for us to consider the means by which it is formed.The Elements of Agriculture | George E. Waring
Urgent as this message was, it really understated the desperate condition of British and Allied finances.The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II | Burton J. Hendrick