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[uhn-der-reyt] /ˌʌn dərˈreɪt/
verb (used with object), underrated, underrating.
to rate or evaluate too low; underestimate.
Origin of underrate
1615-25; under- + rate1 Unabridged
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  • Objections to it are welcome, as are suggestions for overrated or underrated players.
  • One underrated business-travel option is staying with a friend when working abroad.
  • To paint bands you know nothing about with broad, meaningless strokes, you need only two adjectives: overrated and underrated.
  • It's about time that first-rate attention was paid to a novelist who has for so long been underrated.
  • It's actually harder than it seems and an underrated skill.
  • Often underrated operas performed in innovative, inspiring ways.
  • underrated rappers sound better with underrated bands, it would seem.
  • In the world of pop, vagueness is an underrated gift.
  • It's a city that is underrated and misunderstood and that's always baffled me.
  • He's an underrated character with enormous potential.
British Dictionary definitions for underrated


(transitive) to underestimate
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Word Origin and History for underrated



also under-rate, 1640s, "to esteem at too little worth," from under + rate (v.). Related: Underrated; underrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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