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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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Translations of “understate”
in Spanish atenuar, minimizar, subestimar…
in French minimiser…
in German untertreiben…
in Chinese (Traditional) 對…輕描淡寫, 不如實陳述, 避重就輕地說…
in Chinese (Simplified) 对…轻描淡写, 不如实陈述, 避重就轻地说…
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