Meaning of understate

un•der•state

Pronunciation: (un"dur-stāt'), [key]
— -stat•ed, -stat•ing.
  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.
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