un·​der·​fund | \ˌən-dər-ˈfənd \
underfunded; underfunding; underfunds

Definition of underfund 

transitive verb

: to provide insufficient funds for

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State budget officials said that after accounting for other sources of revenue that came up short, mandatory deposits in the state’s rainy day fund, and areas of the state budget that were underfunded, there may be about $200 million left over. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "State lands tax windfall: $1.2 billion more than expected," 6 July 2018 Left behind is an underfunded public school system, a highway program in shambles, a Medicaid program that's been roundly criticized, a prison system steeped in unrest and a social services network that's vastly underfunded. Steve Kraske, kansascity, "Here's a straight-talkin' candidate for Kansas governor you should consider," 28 June 2018 My sense is that for a state as large and complex as ours, it’s just been underfunded for decades. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Political veteran vs. political outsiders in race for California schools superintendent," 8 May 2018 According to estimates by the American Society of Civil Engineers, America’s school infrastructure is underfunded by about $38 billion a year. The Economist, "Can school design help prevent school shootings?," 28 June 2018 The court’s 2012 ruling found the state had violated its constitution by underfunding K-12 schools and kicked off years of fierce debate in Olympia over school funding and policies. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Washington Supreme Court ends long-running McCleary education case against the state," 9 June 2018 Unfortunately, the ability for these important connections to be established is in danger by underfunding of public schools. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Teacher: How my students helped me walk through the most devastating time in my life," 8 May 2018 Mental health services are chronically – and shamefully – underfunded at the state level in Florida. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 Its school system is underfunded and abandoned properties are rife. Tamara Warren, The Verge, "Inside Detroit’s crumbling train station that Ford plans to transform into a mobility lab," 20 June 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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