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UNDERSTATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does understate mean? 

UNDERSTATE (verb)
  The verb UNDERSTATE has 1 sense:

1. represent as less significant or important

  Familiarity information: UNDERSTATE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNDERSTATE (verb)


Sense 1understate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Represent as less significant or important

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

downplay; minimise; understate; minimize

Hypernyms (to "understate" is one way to...):

inform (impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "understate"):

trivialise; trivialize (make trivial or insignificant)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Antonym:

overstate (to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth)


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