un·​der·​count | \ˌən-dər-ˈkau̇nt \
undercounted; undercounting; undercounts

Definition of undercount 

transitive verb

: to count fewer than the actual number of

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Their findings support other studies that have found opioid overdoses are undercounted. NBC News, "Opioid overdose deaths may be undercounted by 70,000," 27 June 2018 Services are increasingly a large part of U.S. trade and, in fact, it may be undercounted because economists have not figured out how to accurately measure digital trade, where the United States is the world leader. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Trump’s false assertion that Canada claims to ‘make’ $100 billion in trade with the U.S.," 12 June 2018 Several of the states suing the Trump administration are run by Democrats, who risk losing representation if the census undercounts people of color. Michael Wines And Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "At Least Twelve States to Sue Trump Administration Over Census Citizenship Question," 27 Mar. 2018 The latest report comes roughly a month after a state audit found that California undercounts the incidents. Angela Hart, sacbee, "Hate crimes increase again by double digits in California," 9 July 2018 That striking gap is what the COUNT Act focuses on, to make sure local and state governments don’t undercount (or overcount) victims of natural disasters. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Democrats have a plan to prevent another Puerto Rico hurricane death-toll fiasco," 11 June 2018 So have Latinos, who were undercounted by .8 percent in 2000 and 1.5 percent in 2010. Dara Lind, Vox, "The citizenship question on the 2020 census, explained," 28 Mar. 2018 Still, recent news that the death toll in their homeland was dramatically undercounted weighs on the families and on the La Causa community. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After surviving Hurricane Maria, families left Puerto Rico and found homes in Milwaukee," 7 June 2018 About 75% of Californians belong to groups that the census historically has undercounted, including Latinos, African Americans and renters. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Trump administration's census plan would hurt California, state officials say. Can it be stopped?," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of undercount

1951, in the meaning defined above

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