Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To state with less completeness or truth than seems warranted by the facts.
  • transitive v. To express with restraint or lack of emphasis, especially ironically or for rhetorical effect.
  • transitive v. To state (a quantity, for example) that is too low: understate corporate financial worth.
  • intransitive v. To give an understatement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to state something with less completeness than needed; to minimise or downplay.
  • v. to state something with a lack of emphasis, in order to express irony.
  • v. to state a quantity that is too low.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To state or represent less strongly than may be done truthfully.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To state or represent less strongly than the truth will admit; state too low: as, to understate an evil.
  • To say less than the full truth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. represent as less significant or important

Etymologies

under- +‎ state (Wiktionary)

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