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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undercount noun

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The agency alleges the company undercounted tens of thousands of late tickets between 2012 and 2017. Russell Gold, WSJ, "PG&E Falsified Gas Safety Records, California Claims," 14 Dec. 2018 That means the older report might have undercounted separations by quite a lot. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump is separating an unknown number of families at the border for “fraud”," 12 Oct. 2018 Official Border Patrol statistics counted more than 7,000 deaths along the border since 2000 — but a USA Today network investigation last year showed that official statistics routinely undercounted, sometimes dramatically so. Dara Lind, Vox, "The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin in Border Patrol custody isn’t an isolated outrage," 18 Dec. 2018 The study was commissioned by Puerto Rico’s Democratic governor in the face of criticism that his own administration had significantly undercounted the official toll, which had been 64. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "FEMA Chief Says He Wasn’t Asked to Resign Over Vehicle Use," 16 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of undercount

1951, in the meaning defined above

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