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understate

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishunderstateun‧der‧state /ˌʌndəˈsteɪt $ -ər-/ verb [transitive]  UNIMPORTANTto describe something in a way that makes it seem less important or serious than it really is opp overstate The press have tended to understate the extent of the problem.→ See Verb table
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understateIn the report, the incidence of violent crime is consistently understated.The use of the official rate hugely understates exports and imports, and distorts year-on-year comparisons.These calculations understate the continuing expansion of sales through multiple retailers, as demonstrated by data from Taylor Nelson Sofres.First, the agency may seek to expand a given government programme by systematically overstating the benefits or understating the costs.I think you are understating the importance to young people of a stable home life.To call it a bonanza is to understate the matter significantly.The risk for the purchaser is that the vendor may have understated the scope and extent of the creditors.Even these shocking statistics understate the seriousness of the situation.They had done this by artificially understating the value of bonds on their books.
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Verb table
understate
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyunderstate
he, she, itunderstates
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyunderstated
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave understated
he, she, ithas understated
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad understated
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill understate
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have understated
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam understating
he, she, itis understating
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you, we, theyare understating
Past
I, he, she, itwas understating
you, we, theywere understating
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been understating
he, she, ithas been understating
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been understating
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be understating
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been understating
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