un·​der·​manned | \ ˌən-dər-ˈmand How to pronounce undermanned (audio) \

Definition of undermanned

: inadequately staffed

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The lockout that spring and summer created a different dynamic, and the Bears returned without a key leader in center Olin Kreutz and had a badly undermanned group of wide receivers. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "The Bears aren’t shying away from lofty expectations, but now it’s time to go to work: ‘We haven’t put anything on a T-shirt yet’," 25 July 2019 They were treated to one of the day’s best games, with an undermanned Wildcats Select outfit besting Dream Vision, perhaps one of the country’s best AAU teams at the U17 age level. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU recruiting target Jalen Bridges focused on finishing adidas Gauntlet strong," 12 July 2019 Joel Embiid had 29 points and nine rebounds and the 76ers pulled away from the undermanned Milwaukee Bucks 116-94 on Saturday night for their seventh win in eight games. USA TODAY, "Embiid, 76ers power past Bucks 116-94 and into 6th in East," 20 Jan. 2018 An impossible string of bad luck descended upon the franchise in the these Finals, and the undermanned team was still just one shot away from forcing a game seven. Sean Gregory/oakland, Time, "The Golden State Warriors Revolutionized the NBA. Now They Plan to Keep the Dynasty Dream Alive," 20 June 2019 The Warriors’ issues against Toronto stem from its supporting cast surprisingly emerging in Game 1 and the team being undermanned without Durant and Klay Thompson in Game 3. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors mailbag: Will Kevin Durant return in the NBA Finals?," 7 June 2019 The Taiwanese military is woefully undermanned, unable to supply a bare minimum of soldiers to defend the... WSJ, "Now Is the Time for U.S. to Support Taiwan," 9 Apr. 2019 The Sixers had a balanced attack against the struggling and undermanned Magic. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers dominate undermanned Magic for fifth straight win," 22 Mar. 2018 Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press After a slumbering first half, the Detroit Pistons did just enough to put away a woefully undermanned opponent. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons cling to 104-98 win over Hawks to snap three-game skid," 14 Feb. 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of undermanned

: not having enough workers

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