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understate

verb [T]
 
 
/ˌʌndəˈsteɪt/ ACCOUNTING
to give an amount as less than it really is: The company's conservative accounting methods mean that results are actually understated. understate costs/profits
to make something seem less serious or important than it really is: Official figures hugely understate a growing problem.
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