Definition Of understating


describe or represent (something) as being smaller, worse, or less important than it actually is.

the press has understated the extent of the problem

Example Of understating

  • Commentators who say that the political landscape changed dramatically in the past year are grossly understating the true state of affairs.

  • Even so, he's not one for understating his ambitions, once again setting out his goal to create a ‘world-class business’.

  • I've used these kinds of distancing techniques myself - writers often do when they want to highlight the horror of a situation by understating the actual details.

  • If anything that is rather understating the case - I have been overwhelmed by what I have seen and heard.

  • No, that would be grossly understating the hopelessness of his present situation.

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