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[uhn-der-val-yoo] /ˌʌn dərˈvæl yu/
verb (used with object), undervalued, undervaluing.
to value below the real worth; put too low a value on.
to diminish in value; make of less value.
to have insufficient regard or esteem for; hold too low an opinion of.
Origin of undervalue
1590-1600; under- + value
Related forms
undervaluation, noun
1. underrate, underestimate, depreciate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for undervalue
  • Conventional payment systems tend to undervalue primary care services relative to specialty services.
  • With the vacant lot recorded above, exactly half of the properties sold undervalue, while the other half sold over value.
British Dictionary definitions for undervalue


verb -values, -valuing, -valued
(transitive) to value at too low a level or price
Derived Forms
undervaluation, noun
undervaluer, noun
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Word Origin and History for undervalue

1590s, "to rate as inferior in value" (to), from under + value (v.). Sense of "to estimate or esteem too low" is recorded from 1610s. Meaning "to rate at too low a monetary value" is attested from 1620s.

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