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

Definition of underfund

transitive verb

: to provide insufficient funds for

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Ervin disagreed with the rest of the field’s analysis that schools are underfunded. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore's woes central in second Democratic gubernatorial debate," 31 May 2018 Critics of ESAs argue the program is part of a broader strategy to underfund the public-school system. Rob O'dell, azcentral, "Will Arizona Republicans 'repeal and replace' voucher expansion to thwart referendum?," 10 Apr. 2018 That risk remains on the horizon, as there are a number of non-investment-grade companies that sponsor underfunded defined-benefit plans, Mr. Reeder said. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "PBGC’s Single-Employer Program Records First Surplus Since 2001," 16 Nov. 2018 Yet for years, the authority, underfunded and overlooked, has been crumbling. New York Times, "After Years of Disinvestment, City Public Housing Is Poised to Get U.S. Oversight," 1 June 2018 Overall, New Jersey is underfunding districts by about $2 billion, if the formula’s caps on aid to growing districts are removed. Maddie Hanna, Philly.com, "New Jersey grapples with solutions to soaring special-education costs," 12 Mar. 2018 The 20-year plan — the one that’s being underfunded — calls for the restoration of forest health of 1.25 million acres, according to Davis. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Despite the scourge of smoky summers, Washington underfunds wildfire-control efforts," 4 Sep. 2018 The motion highlighted several studies that found that the public defender’s system is underfunded. Washington Post, "Attorney: Too little cash for transgender killing defense," 16 May 2018 After next year’s boost, Colorado will underfund its schools by $672 million a year versus what’s required by the state Constitution. Washington Post, "Q&A: Why Colorado, Arizona teachers are walking off the job," 26 Apr. 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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