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understate

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understate/ˌʌndɚˈsteɪt/verb
understatesunderstatedunderstating
understate
/ˌʌndɚˈsteɪt/
verb
understatesunderstatedunderstating
Learner's definition of UNDERSTATE  
[+ object]
: to say that (something) is smaller, less important, etc., than it really is
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