un·​der·​in·​vest·​ment | \ ˌən-dər-in-ˈves(t)-mənt How to pronounce underinvestment (audio) \

Definition of underinvestment

: an insufficient amount of investment

Examples of underinvestment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The reason that the U.S. doesn’t have the same train experience as Europe and Japan is simple: decades of underinvestment in infrastructure. WSJ, 19 Aug. 2021 At the same time, the health-care system that was already extremely weak from decades of underinvestment has struggled to keep up with the Delta variant. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 22 Aug. 2021 South Phoenix has also faced decades of underinvestment. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 Despite the importance of this skill set, many businesses still suffer from chronic underinvestment in negotiation. Andres Lares, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Years of underinvestment by the private sector have left some majority-Black communities with a lack of retail options and key services. CNN, 18 June 2021 The Times has struggled to make the transition to digital media, hobbled by years of management turmoil, layoffs and underinvestment when it was owned by Tribune Publishing. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 But Greene argues that communities like his have long experienced underinvestment. oregonlive, 5 July 2021 The worry is that years of upstream underinvestment will hit just as global oil demand recovers to pre-Covid levels and non-OPEC supply peaks. Dan Eberhart, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of underinvestment

1940, in the meaning defined above

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6 Sep 2021

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“Underinvestment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underinvestment. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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