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 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 The lawsuit in Maryland from 2006 alleged the state had underfunded the institutions while developing programs at traditionally white schools that directly compete with and drain prospective students away from HBCUs. Washington Post, "Buttigieg pledges $50B for HBCUs, as Maryland students rally," 13 Nov. 2019 Because nothing is promised, these plans can never be technically underfunded. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "How to survive the coming retirement crisis," 30 Dec. 2019 The National Health Service is underfunded, leading to long wait times for emergency and routine care. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Britons to Decide Whether to Prolong Tories’ Carnival of Austerity," 12 Dec. 2019 McClatchy’s pension plan is underfunded by about $535 million. BostonGlobe.com, "WeWork had $1.25b in losses in the third quarter," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of underfund

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 29 May. 2020.

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