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noun understatement pronunciation in British English /ˈʌndə(r)ˌsteɪtmənt/
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  1. [countable] a statement that makes something seem less important, serious, big etc than it really is
    To say that Jordan is a good player is an understatement.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the practice of using an understatement to talk about something
      With characteristic understatement she said, ‘We did all right.’


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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