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understate

un·der·state

understate

 
pronunciation:
uhn dr steIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: understated, understates, understating
definition 1: to state or represent incompletely or too conservatively.
He understated the extent of the damage.
antonyms:
exaggerate, magnify, overstate
definition 2: to state or present with modesty or restraint, as to create a subtle or ironic effect.
Her gown understated her womanly figure.
antonyms:
exaggerate
derivations: understated (adj.), understatement (n.)