from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To state with less completeness or truth than seems warranted by the facts.
- transitive v. To express with restraint or lack of emphasis, especially ironically or for rhetorical effect.
- transitive v. To state (a quantity, for example) that is too low: understate corporate financial worth.
- intransitive v. To give an understatement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to state something with less completeness than needed; to minimise or downplay.
- v. to state something with a lack of emphasis, in order to express irony.
- v. to state a quantity that is too low.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To state or represent less strongly than may be done truthfully.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To state or represent less strongly than the truth will admit; state too low: as, to understate an evil.
- To say less than the full truth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. represent as less significant or important
under- + state (Wiktionary)