Definition of undervalue in English:



  • 1 Rate (something) insufficiently highly; fail to appreciate.

    ‘the skills of the housewife remain undervalued in society’
    • ‘It undervalued the tremendous job done by thousands of nursery workers.’
    • ‘However, we consistently overestimate the dangers and undervalue the benefits we obtain by living in a complex society.’
    • ‘Don't undervalue yourself, but don't value things that are worthless.’
    • ‘Motherhood is a demanding full-time job on its own, but sadly it is greatly undervalued by modern society.’
    • ‘I remember a man ill at ease with his height and fearful that his profound musical abilities were undervalued.’
    • ‘Yet despite of our dependence on water, society still routinely undervalues it.’
    • ‘They weren't trapped, they weren't undervalued, they weren't depressed, they weren't not using whatever intelligence or skills they had.’
    • ‘He is also a hardworking and undervalued writer.’
    • ‘‘Our society undervalues some people's contributions (teachers, public servants) to building a healthy and wealthy society and overvalues others,’ he said.’
    • ‘He always undervalued his work.’
    • ‘True, scriptwriters are undervalued in Hollywood and Bollywood.’
    • ‘The job of a crossing patrol is undervalued and has become more dangerous.’
    • ‘Too often, we've undervalued our achievements.’
    • ‘I think Tom is a hugely undervalued talent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If a strike by railroad employees cripples the nation, that is an indication that these workers are undervalued.’
    • ‘I know this sounds pompous, (it's supposed to) but sitting down to a communal family meal is seriously undervalued.’
    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
    belittle, hold cheap
    sell short
    misprize, minify
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    1. 1.1Underestimate the financial value of (something)
      ‘the company's assets were undervalued in its balance sheet’
      • ‘It just depends on recognizing the market imperfections that create the undervalued assets in a given market.’
      • ‘As the stock trades in and around the company's net asset value, the shares are highly undervalued.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Alternatively, if unrealized and undervalued tax assets like tax credits and losses are on hand, a share purchase will be favoured.’
      • ‘I have always tried to fight the tough fight and accumulate investments when they were undervalued and sell them when they were overvalued.’
      • ‘A buy-back increases shareholder value if the company is truly undervalued.’
      • ‘He thrives by relentlessly exploiting market mismatches - by mining data that his rivals ignore and by scooping up assets that others have undervalued.’
      • ‘A particular stock may be undervalued, or it may be lousy value.’
      • ‘Some companies are seriously undervalued because the market just doesn't know how to value non-profitable companies.’
      • ‘With the firm seriously undervalued he took it private and its value has soared.’
      • ‘It looks for firms whose debts are undervalued and trading at a large discount to their face value.’
      • ‘Folks like to blame an undervalued currency.’
      • ‘Additionally, his aim was to try and eliminate market risk by buying undervalued shares and selling overvalued ones.’
      • ‘Trouble is, the company might look undervalued because it's trading in an overvalued sector.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They rejected the new deal, saying that even though the price was well above market value, it still undervalued the company.’
      • ‘This hardly suggests that the currency was vastly overvalued then and is undervalued now.’
      • ‘Investors tend to buy undervalued stocks and sell overvalued stocks, and, in a market of many participants, the result can be anything but efficient.’
      • ‘The risk with value investing is that undervalued stocks can remain so for a long time!’
      • ‘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.’


  • A price below the real value.

    ‘his truck was sold at an undervalue’
    • ‘He sold the watch at an undervalue to Trevor and asked William to look after the lighter for him until he wanted it returned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is not evidence of a sale at an undervalue in November 2000.’
    • ‘They reiterated that the properties were being sold at undervalues.’
    • ‘In those circumstances, allegations such as those relating to alleged sale at an undervalue ought never perhaps to have been made.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If he sells at an undervalue he is entitled to recover the loss from the auditor.’
    • ‘Subsequently the executrix discovered that an asset of the deceased had during his life been sold at an undervalue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’