[ uhn-der-val-yoo ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈvæl yu /

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.

Nearby words

  1. undertrick,
  2. undertrump,
  3. underused,
  4. underutilize,
  5. underutilized,
  6. undervest,
  7. underwaist,
  8. underwater,
  9. underway,
  10. underwear

Origin of undervalue

First recorded in 1590–1600; under- + value

Related formsun·der·val·u·a·tion, noun

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/ (ˌʌndəˈvæljuː) /

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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