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

  • adj. Exhibiting restrained good taste: "The waiting room is comfortable and understated” ( Tony Schwartz).

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  • adj. Restrained and unpretentious.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of understate.

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  • adj. exhibiting restrained good taste


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