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

Definition of underfund

transitive verb

: to provide insufficient funds for

Examples of underfund in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Villanueva has said the Board of Supervisors has long underfunded the Sheriff’s Department. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County sheriff to close 2 patrol stations, cut homeless outreach to reduce deficit," 4 May 2020 This is a cynical and shameful ploy: These problems have been decades in the making as states systematically underfund their pension systems. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "States Should Not Receive Bankruptcy Protection," 23 Apr. 2020 Oregon’s chronically underfunded mental health system is nearly universally accepted as being broken. oregonlive, "Oregon governor resists fast-tracking mental health hospital amid coronavirus," 17 Apr. 2020 But regardless, there is still significant worry that a full-blown outbreak across African countries will have devastating effects given weaker and underfunded public health systems and infrastructure on the continent. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "The first coronavirus death in Africa has been confirmed in Egypt as cases start to spike," 9 Mar. 2020 Pushed aside for years by countries who underfunded it and only gave it the time of day when faced with a deadly health emergency, the WHO now has a good chance to make a strong case for itself. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "The world’s leaders are engaged in a familiar debate: public health or sovereignty?," 24 Apr. 2020 Many states’ pension gaps are the result of fiscal strains that prompted them to underfund their annual pension contributions in recent years. Los Angeles Times, "Column: As coronavirus devastates state budgets, conservatives target public worker pensions," 24 Apr. 2020 In 2013, a group of federal advisory boards warned that continuing to underfund the Strategic National Stockpile would jeopardize its mission, which is to be prepared for major medical outbreaks. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus: The state had 21 million N95 masks stockpiled. All are expired.," 29 Mar. 2020 Although adult protection systems across the country are underfunded, Arizona's funding still falls below other states and lags behind states with comparable populations. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Audit needed of Arizona's Adult Protective Services, expert panel says," 22 Jan. 2020

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Underfund.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underfund. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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