un·​der·​count | \ ˌən-dər-ˈkau̇nt How to pronounce undercount (audio) \
undercounted; undercounting; undercounts

Definition of undercount

transitive verb

: to count fewer than the actual number of

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undercount noun

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Members of certain communities that have historically been undercounted include immigrants — in the U.S. with and without authorization — low income earners and people of color. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Census 2020: Making sure Latinos are counted accurately," 3 Aug. 2019 Latinos were likely undercounted in 2019 due to an unwillingness by immigrants to participate. oregonlive.com, "Multnomah County sees 20% more people sleeping outside in latest homeless count," 1 Aug. 2019 If the deviation is the same in 2018, but this time overdose deaths were undercounted, then 2018 could have been worse, not better, than 2017. German Lopez, Vox, "New data shows drug overdose deaths fell in 2018. But there’s a big catch.," 17 July 2019 In 2010, they were undercounted by 4.8 percent, making them one of the most undercounted minority groups in the country. Washington Post, "Census, tribal leaders push for American Indian participation in 2020 Census," 14 June 2019 California’s population could be undercounted by 596,200 people, according to an analysis from The Urban Institute, a nonprofit research group in Washington, D.C. Leonardo Castañeda, The Mercury News, "Census forms with a citizenship question are being mailed to residents, but they’re only a test," 16 July 2019 Critics of the question had argued that adding a citizenship question could lead to undercounting the population in areas with high concentrations of undocumented immigrants, which tend to be in blue states. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Trump says administration is still trying to get citizenship question on census," 3 July 2019 The storm's official death toll was raised from 64 to 2,975 last August in response to a new study that found the initial numbers reported were undercounted. Fox News, "Here are the deadliest and costliest hurricanes to hit the US mainland," 1 July 2019 Michigan has sizable African American and Arab American populations that could be undercounted, say advocates. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan launches census committee amid concerns of minority undercount," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of undercount

1951, in the meaning defined above

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