verb (used with object), un·der·stat·ed, un·der·stat·ing.
Examples from the Web for understating
But as it turns out, Mom may have been understating this one.
About 4.4 percent of families had understated their incomes, with more than 300 understating them by more than $100,000.
And to call Precious “difficult” is understating the facts.
We think we shall be understating the case if we set down 140,000 men as the sum of the German losses in Champagne.World's War Events, Vol. I|Various
And here I may notice, in passing, the peculiar habit of understating everything, so characteristic of Westmoreland people.
"They must be very unusual people," Malone said, understating heavily.Occasion for Disaster|Gordon Randall Garrett
And when I say it puzzled me like the dickens, I am understating it; if anything.Right Ho, Jeeves|P. G. Wodehouse
The gauge hadn't been bragging, it had been understating; the car had more speed than the instrument could register.The Cosmic Computer|Henry Beam Piper