adjective Date: circa 1909 avoiding obvious emphasis or embellishment <
a powerful understated performance
understatedly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • understated — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ presented or expressed in a subtle and effective way. DERIVATIVES understatedly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • understated — [[t]ʌ̱ndə(r)ste͟ɪtɪd[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n If you describe a style, colour, or effect as understated, you mean that it is not obvious. I have always liked understated clothes simple shapes which take a lot of hard work to get right. ...his typically… …   English dictionary

  • understated — un|der|stat|ed [ˌʌndəˈsteıtıd US ər ] adj an understated style is one that is attractive because it is simple and does not have too many decorations = ↑subtle ▪ the understated elegance of the Hotel Traiano …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • understated — understatedness, n. /un deuhr stay tid/, adj. restrained in design, presentation, etc.; low key: the understated elegance of the house. [1935 40; UNDERSTATE + ED2] * * * …   Universalium

  • understated — adj. Understated is used with these nouns: ↑elegance …   Collocations dictionary

  • understated — un|der|stat|ed [ ,ʌndər steıtəd ] adjective not trying to impress people or attract their attention, and therefore attractive or effective: She dressed with understated elegance …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • understated — UK [ˌʌndə(r)ˈsteɪtɪd] / US [ˌʌndərˈsteɪtəd] adjective showing approval not trying to impress people or to attract their attention, and therefore attractive or effective She dressed with understated elegance …   English dictionary

  • understated — un•der•stat•ed [[t]ˌʌn dərˈsteɪ tɪd[/t]] adj. cvb restrained; de emphasized; low key: understated elegance[/ex] • Etymology: 1935–40 un der•stat′ed•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • understated — adjective exhibiting restrained good taste the room is pleasant and understated • Syn: ↑unostentatious, ↑unpretentious • Similar to: ↑tasteful • Derivationally related forms: ↑unpretentiousness …   Useful english dictionary

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