understate

Meaning(s)

1. to describe something as less than it really is

Popularity

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Professional

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Social

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understate a problem/contribution/situation

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When you 'understate' something you describe it as being less good or less important than it really is. Similar in meaning to 'play down' or 'downplay'. This is a verb that can be used in social and professional contexts.

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  1. The modest policewoman understated her contribution to the investigation.
  2. Governments often understate how many citizens are affected by an issue.
  3. When you understate the situation, people might not work so hard to deal with it.

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  1. When you understate the situation, people might not work so hard to deal with it.
  2. He understated the impact of the accident and we didn't take appropriate steps to prevent further damage.

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