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

Pronunciation

undervalue

/ˌəndərˈvælju//ˌəndərˈvalyo͞o/