verb (used with object), un·der·val·ued, un·der·val·u·ing.

to value below the real worth; put too low a value on.
to diminish in value; make of less value.
to have insufficient regard or esteem for; hold too low an opinion of.

Origin of undervalue

First recorded in 1590–1600; under- + value
Related formsun·der·val·u·a·tion, noun

Synonyms for undervalue

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Historical Examples of undervalue

  • I am not poor because you think me so, nor because you attempt to undervalue me in the country.

  • Come, come, don't sulk; I am not going to undervalue your favorite Lucy.

  • Should he affect to undervalue the place, and all the art treasures?

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • There, indeed, lay the great peril; nor was Grenfell a man to undervalue it.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • So that we may not set aside the sacraments, nor undervalue them.

British Dictionary definitions for undervalue


verb -values, -valuing or -valued

(tr) to value at too low a level or price
Derived Formsundervaluation, nounundervaluer, noun
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Word Origin and History for undervalue

1590s, "to rate as inferior in value" (to), from under + value (v.). Sense of "to estimate or esteem too low" is recorded from 1610s. Meaning "to rate at too low a monetary value" is attested from 1620s.

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