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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Contemporary Examples of undervaluing

Historical Examples of undervaluing

  • But they committed the grave error of undervaluing their opponents.

  • But it seems to me that you are undervaluing the thing you have worked so hard to attain.

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    Winston Churchill

  • To contemne, or lesse to love or feare then he expects, is to Dishonour; for 'tis undervaluing.


    Thomas Hobbes

  • "So much for undervaluing our American friends," grumbled Mr Splinter.

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    Michael Scott

  • The Exhibition had an influence on art which I am far from undervaluing.

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    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

British Dictionary definitions for undervaluing


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 undervaluing



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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