underinvestment

noun

un·​der·​in·​vest·​ment ˌən-dər-in-ˈves(t)-mənt How to pronounce underinvestment (audio)
: an insufficient amount of investment

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Thanks to years of underinvestment in public housing, low interest rates and a tidal wave of Chinese investment in post-2008-era Hong Kong, housing prices in the city have reached excruciating levels. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2022 Chronic underinvestment in production now leaves the world at risk of sustained oil and gas shortages. Vivek Ramaswamy And David Sokol, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2022 This is, instead, down to chronic underinvestment in infrastructure by the U.K. Government and Network Rail. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, 26 June 2022 In some communities, demographics and the historic underinvestment in schools loomed large, superintendents said. Fox News, 21 Oct. 2022 In some communities, demographics and the historic underinvestment in schools loomed large, superintendents said. Hartford Courant, 21 Oct. 2022 In some communities, demographics and the historic underinvestment in schools loomed large, superintendents said. Jocelyn Gecker, Fortune, 21 Oct. 2022 Significant data gaps — resulting from decades of underinvestment in public health — have undercut the government response to the COVID-19 pandemic and now to monkeypox. Sharon Lafraniere, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Sep. 2022 Decades of underinvestment in public health information systems has crippled efforts to understand the pandemic, stranding crucial data in incompatible data systems so outmoded that information often must be repeatedly typed in by hand. Sharon Lafraniere, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of underinvestment was in 1940

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“Underinvestment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underinvestment. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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