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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Other Words from undercount

undercount noun

Examples of undercount in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most experts agree that official case numbers probably undercount the true number of Covid infections in the country. NBC News, 19 Aug. 2021 Nepal has recorded 500,000 COVID cases and 6,000 deaths, numbers that experts believe deeply undercount the toll. BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2021 Nepal has recorded half a million Covid cases and 6,000 deaths, numbers that experts believe deeply undercount the toll. New York Times, 30 May 2021 When customers’ meters undercount the amount of water used, utilities lose out on revenue. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Aug. 2021 Since 2015, China’s distant-water catch has averaged two million tons a year, according to state data, which analysts say could undercount the actual total. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021 Experts also widely caution that India’s official numbers severely undercount new infections and deaths because of a lack of testing and other resources in a vast, developing country of 1.4 billion people. New York Times, 24 May 2021 At the same time, the data may undercount the true number of suicide attempts because people with less severe injuries may have been less likely to seek emergency care during the pandemic, the report said. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 11 June 2021 Even by official figures (which significantly undercount the victims), India is the world’s coronavirus epicenter: 29 million sickened, more than 350,000 dead, and no end in sight. Jonah Blank, The Atlantic, 10 June 2021

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First Known Use of undercount

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Undercount.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undercount. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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