transitive verb Date: 1824 1. to represent as less than is the case <
understate taxable income
2. to state or present with restraint especially for effect • understatement noun

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  • Understate — Un der*state , v. t. To state or represent less strongly than may be done truthfully. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • understate — (v.) 1824, from UNDER (Cf. under) + STATE (Cf. state) (v.). Related: Understated (of fashions, etc., from 1957); understating …   Etymology dictionary

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  • understate — understatement /un deuhr stayt meuhnt, un deuhr stayt /, n. /un deuhr stayt /, v.t., understated, understating. to state or represent less strongly or strikingly than the facts would bear out; set forth in restrained, moderate, or weak terms: The …   Universalium

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