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understateverb [T]

us   /ˌʌn·dərˈsteɪt/
to say that the amount or importance of something is less than it really is: The company was accused of understating potential side effects of the drug.
understatement
noun [C/U] us   /ˌʌn·dərˈsteɪt·mənt/
[C] To say I was confused is an understatement – I hadn’t the slightest idea what to do.
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understateverb [T]

uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈsteɪt/ us   /ˌʌn.dɚˈsteɪt/
to describe something in a way that makes it seem less important, serious, bad, etc. than it really is: She believes the research understates the amount of discrimination women suffer.
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understateverb [T]

uk   /ˌʌndəˈsteɪt/ us   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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