Definition of undervalue in English:

undervalue

verb

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

noun

  • A price below the real value.

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

Pronunciation

undervalue

/ʌndəˈvaljuː/