- to make a weaker statement of than is warranted by truth, accuracy, or importance; state too weakly
- to state, express, display, etc. in a restrained way
transitive verbun·der·stat·ed, un·der·stat·ing, un·der·states
- To state with less completeness or truth than seems warranted by the facts.
- To express with restraint or lack of emphasis, especially ironically or for rhetorical effect.
- To state (a quantity, for example) that is too low: understate corporate financial worth.
(third-person singular simple present understates, present participle understating, simple past and past participle understated) (intransitive)
under- +"Ž state