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understated

[uhn-der-stey-tid] /ˌʌn dərˈsteɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
restrained in design, presentation, etc.; low-key:
the understated elegance of the house.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; understate + -ed2
Related forms
understatedness, noun

understate

[uhn-der-steyt] /ˌʌn dərˈsteɪt/
verb (used with object), understated, understating.
1.
to state or represent less strongly or strikingly than the facts would bear out; set forth in restrained, moderate, or weak terms:
The casualty lists understate the extent of the disaster.
Origin
1815-25; under- + state
Related forms
understatement
[uhn-der-steyt-muh nt, uhn-der-steyt-] /ˌʌn dərˈsteɪt mənt, ˈʌn dərˌsteɪt-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for understated

understate

/ˌʌndəˈsteɪt/
verb
1.
to state (something) in restrained terms, often to obtain an ironic effect
2.
to state that (something, such as a number) is less than it is
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Word Origin and History for understated

understate

v.

1824, from under + state (v.). Related: Understated (of fashions, etc., from 1957); understating.

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