how to pronounce understate


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The above transcription of understate is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association. You can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

understate is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of understate in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… think these stats understate the problem …”

meanings of understate


  1. To state a quantity that is too low.
  2. To state (something) with a lack of emphasis, in order to express irony.
  3. To state (something) with less completeness than needed; to minimise or downplay.

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