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English definition of “understate”

understate

verb [T]     /ˌʌn.dəˈsteɪt/ US  /-dɚ-/
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.Exaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding
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