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

transitive verb

: to provide insufficient funds for

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Yet the medical sciences continue to underfund studies focused on women, even among diseases that affect women most of all. Chloe E. Bird, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2022 The presumption was that white parents and administrators would not underfund schools that Black children attended if white children were also students there. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 It later was seen as a contributing factor in the 1996 decision to underfund the city’s pension system. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Aug. 2021 Yes, mailboxes get broken into, but until there are real penalties for inadequate computer security, corporations will continue to underfund their network security and be reactive instead of proactive. Liz Weston, oregonlive, 30 May 2021 But school districts and the statewide teachers union insisted that would dramatically underfund K-12 schools and force districts to lay off teachers. oregonlive, 15 May 2021 In 1996 and 2002, San Diego and its unions agreed to deals where the city would underfund the retirement system in return for increased benefits for workers. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 Villanueva has said the Board of Supervisors has long underfunded the Sheriff’s Department. Los Angeles Times, 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, 23 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of underfund was in 1963

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“Underfund.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underfund. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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