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1. understate

verb. ['ˈʌndɝˌsteɪt'] represent as less significant or important.

Synonyms

  • trivialize
  • minimize
  • trivialise
  • minimise
  • inform

Antonyms

  • play up
  • foreground
  • flatter
  • maximise

Etymology

  • state (English)
  • status (Latin)
  • under- (English)

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Rhymes with Understate

  • acetate
  • agitate
  • allstate
  • amputate
  • annotate
  • cogitate
  • corestate
  • debilitate
  • decapitate
  • devastate
  • dictate
  • downstate
  • facilitate
  • felicitate
  • gestate
  • gravitate
  • hesitate
  • homestate
  • imitate
  • incapacitate

Sentences with understate


1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
If you understate inventory, your net income becomes smaller than it really is.

2. Verb, base form
Companies want to understate net income to reduce the company's tax.

3. Adjective
Companies can either overstate or understate cost of goods sold.

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