Definition of undervalue in English:

undervalue

verbundervalues, undervaluing, undervalued

[with object]often as adjective undervalued
  • 1Rate (something) insufficiently highly; fail to appreciate.

    ‘through over-familiarity, it is easy to undervalue this concerto’
    ‘his last film was acclaimed by critics and undervalued by audiences’
    • ‘I know this sounds pompous, (it's supposed to) but sitting down to a communal family meal is seriously undervalued.’
    • ‘They weren't trapped, they weren't undervalued, they weren't depressed, they weren't not using whatever intelligence or skills they had.’
    • ‘He always undervalued his work.’
    • ‘True, scriptwriters are undervalued in Hollywood and Bollywood.’
    • ‘Motherhood is a demanding full-time job on its own, but sadly it is greatly undervalued by modern society.’
    • ‘Don't undervalue yourself, but don't value things that are worthless.’
    • ‘Too often, we've undervalued our achievements.’
    • ‘It undervalued the tremendous job done by thousands of nursery workers.’
    • ‘I think Tom is a hugely undervalued talent.’
    • ‘The job of a crossing patrol is undervalued and has become more dangerous.’
    • ‘He is also a hardworking and undervalued writer.’
    • ‘However, we consistently overestimate the dangers and undervalue the benefits we obtain by living in a complex society.’
    • ‘Yet despite of our dependence on water, society still routinely undervalues it.’
    • ‘We have proved that sport has the real potential to tackle problems like social exclusion, and personally I feel sport is greatly undervalued in this role.’
    • ‘I remember a man ill at ease with his height and fearful that his profound musical abilities were undervalued.’
    • ‘If a strike by railroad employees cripples the nation, that is an indication that these workers are undervalued.’
    • ‘‘Our society undervalues some people's contributions (teachers, public servants) to building a healthy and wealthy society and overvalues others,’ he said.’
    underrate, set little store by, rate too low, think too little of, underestimate, not do justice to, do an injustice to, play down, understate, underemphasize, de-emphasize, diminish, minimize, downgrade, reduce, lessen, brush aside, gloss over, shrug off, trivialize
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    1. 1.1 Underestimate the financial value of (something)
      ‘the company's assets were undervalued in its balance sheet’
      • ‘They rejected the new deal, saying that even though the price was well above market value, it still undervalued the company.’
      • ‘Trouble is, the company might look undervalued because it's trading in an overvalued sector.’
      • ‘Investors tend to buy undervalued stocks and sell overvalued stocks, and, in a market of many participants, the result can be anything but efficient.’
      • ‘Some companies are seriously undervalued because the market just doesn't know how to value non-profitable companies.’
      • ‘Even then, I sold as little of my stock as possible to satisfy the calls, because I was convinced that it was undervalued and would increase in value.’
      • ‘A buy-back increases shareholder value if the company is truly undervalued.’
      • ‘A particular stock may be undervalued, or it may be lousy value.’
      • ‘Additionally, his aim was to try and eliminate market risk by buying undervalued shares and selling overvalued ones.’
      • ‘Alternatively, if unrealized and undervalued tax assets like tax credits and losses are on hand, a share purchase will be favoured.’
      • ‘Folks like to blame an undervalued currency.’
      • ‘Instead spend some time reading through the free annual report and then decide whether you believe the shares in the company are undervalued or overvalued.’
      • ‘The risk with value investing is that undervalued stocks can remain so for a long time!’
      • ‘It looks for firms whose debts are undervalued and trading at a large discount to their face value.’
      • ‘This hardly suggests that the currency was vastly overvalued then and is undervalued now.’
      • ‘With the firm seriously undervalued he took it private and its value has soared.’
      • ‘As the stock trades in and around the company's net asset value, the shares are highly undervalued.’
      • ‘I have always tried to fight the tough fight and accumulate investments when they were undervalued and sell them when they were overvalued.’
      • ‘He thrives by relentlessly exploiting market mismatches - by mining data that his rivals ignore and by scooping up assets that others have undervalued.’
      • ‘It just depends on recognizing the market imperfections that create the undervalued assets in a given market.’
      • ‘They claimed that his accounting system was based on a liquidation value orientation, which would undervalue the firm as an entity whose sum value is greater than its parts.’

nounPlural undervalues

  • A price below the real value.

    ‘his truck was sold at an undervalue’
    • ‘In all cases where land is transferred to a director or employee, an inspector must consider whether the transfer is at full value and, if not, whether the undervalue is a profit from the directorship or employment.’
    • ‘In those circumstances, allegations such as those relating to alleged sale at an undervalue ought never perhaps to have been made.’
    • ‘It is not evidence of a sale at an undervalue in November 2000.’
    • ‘It enables any transaction at an undervalue to be avoided by the trustee in bankruptcy, if it was made with the intention of defeating the claims of creditors.’
    • ‘He sold the watch at an undervalue to Trevor and asked William to look after the lighter for him until he wanted it returned.’
    • ‘Subsequently the executrix discovered that an asset of the deceased had during his life been sold at an undervalue.’
    • ‘The new company, often trading under the same or a similar name, uses the old company's assets, often acquired at an undervalue, and exploits its goodwill and business opportunities.’
    • ‘They reiterated that the properties were being sold at undervalues.’
    • ‘In the case of a corporate borrower the most relevant provisions are those concerned with attacking transactions at an undervalue, preferences, and certain floating charges.’
    • ‘If he sells at an undervalue he is entitled to recover the loss from the auditor.’
    • ‘Ultimately, when the assets have been devalued and it is quite patently clear that those who end up in control are incompetent, they will pass to someone else at a gross undervalue.’

Pronunciation

undervalue

/ʌndəˈvaljuː/