un·​der·​fund | \ ˌən-dər-ˈfənd How to pronounce underfund (audio) \
underfunded; underfunding; underfunds

Definition of underfund

transitive verb

: to provide insufficient funds for

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Meanwhile, Democrats are preparing for a competitive primary that could result in the winner being underfunded against Cornyn, particularly in the early stages of the general election campaign. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "As Democrats prepare for Senate primary rumble, incumbent John Cornyn building organization, raising cash," 19 July 2019 In addition, the city experienced a pension underfunding crisis during the same period that earned San Diego the nickname Enron by the Sea. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego library funding policy more about ambitions than reality," 13 July 2019 That will save employers about $900 million every two years, while underfunding the pension system by an equivalent amount. oregonlive.com, "Oregon’s public pension board stands pat on its key investment assumption," 27 July 2019 Britain will become a much older country in the 2020s, straining the National Health Service and social care, both of which are already underfunded. The Economist, "Britain’s Tories used to relish fiscal discipline. No longer," 27 July 2019 There’s a growing sense in Los Angeles that communities are being cleaved and traditional schools underfunded by the flashiness and promised innovation of charter schools. The New York Review of Books, "E. Tammy Kim," 7 Mar. 2019 Utah Provo: Officials say Utah County has underfunded the retirement system for its sheriff’s office for more than 20 years. USA TODAY, "Moon rocks, Misty of Chincoteague, Haiku Stairs: News from around our 50 states," 28 June 2019 When accepted at all, black veterans typically attended historically black colleges, many of which were underfunded, while whites steamed into flagship universities. Calvin Schermerhorn, Twin Cities, "Calvin Schermerhorn: Why the racial wealth gap persists more than 150 years after emancipation," 27 June 2019 CalVIP is an incredibly important program, but unfortunately, it has been drastically underfunded for years. (john Gibbins / San Diego Union-tribune), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: Why California must invest more in violence intervention programs," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of underfund

1963, in the meaning defined above

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