understate

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under- +‎ state

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understate (third-person singular simple present understates, present participle understating, simple past and past participle understated)

  1. (transitive) To state (something) with less completeness than needed; to minimise or downplay.
  2. (transitive) 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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