un·​der·​in·​vest·​ment | \ ˌən-dər-in-ˈves(t)-mənt \

Definition of underinvestment

: an insufficient amount of investment

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Elliott however believes Nielsen is also losing market share to smaller data provider IRI, due in part to underinvestment in data automation and analytics, according to a person familiar with the matter. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Nielsen Should Get a Break From the Market," 15 Aug. 2018 Decades of underinvestment across the country have left train and bus systems overburdened. Carlos Waters, Vox, "Don’t blame the scooters. Blame the streets.," 18 Sep. 2018 But analysts warned last week that underinvestment in new exploration could drive prices higher than the 2008 record of $150 a barrel. Lucas Laursen, Fortune, "The U.S. Could Soon Reclaim the World's Oil Crown," 12 July 2018 Cash is extremely scarce, card payment networks are overloaded, cell phone coverage is worse than in Syria, and online banking systems constantly crash because of underinvestment. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "The Tragedy of Venezuela," 24 May 2018 As part of the larger GE, the business sometimes suffered from underinvestment, particularly in fast-moving areas such as artificial intelligence and cell therapy, said the three-decade GE veteran. Rick Clough, Bloomberg.com, "GE CEO’s Make-or-Break Overhaul Took Shape on a Ski Vacation," 27 June 2018 But for American supporters of mass transit, such refinements may take a back seat to the chronic underinvestment that has left systems including the New York subway and Amtrak an increasingly unsafe and inefficient mess. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "These Subtle Psychological Hacks Keep Japan's Trains Running Smoothly," 27 May 2018 New York’s subway is creaking—a consequence of prolonged underinvestment in repairs. The Economist, "Public transport is in decline in many wealthy cities," 21 June 2018 Coletta is currently working on Civic Commons, a $40 million philanthropic initiative to reinvigorate civic spaces that have experienced decades of underinvestment. Diana Budds, Curbed, "It’s time to take back third places," 31 May 2018

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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