AskDefine | Define understate

Dictionary Definition

understate v : represent as less significant or important [syn: minimize, minimise, downplay] [ant: overstate]

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English

Verb

  1. to state something with less completeness than needed; to minimise or downplay.
  2. to state something with a lack of emphasis, in order to express irony.
  3. to state a quantity that is too low.

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Translations

to state something with less completeness than needed
  • Finnish: vähätellä
to state something with a lack of emphasis, in order to express irony
to state a quantity that is too low

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