un·​der·​per·​form | \ ˌən-dər-pər-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce underperform (audio) , -pə-ˈfȯrm \
underperformed; underperforming; underperforms

Definition of underperform

transitive verb

: to do worse than

intransitive verb

: to fail to do as well as expected

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Other Words from underperform

underperformance \ ˌən-​dər-​pər-​ˈfȯr-​mən(t)s How to pronounce underperformance (audio) , -​pə-​ˈfȯr-​ \ noun
underperformer noun

Examples of underperform in a Sentence

The report shows which schools are underperforming.
Recent Examples on the Web Thus, the fiduciary must avoid investments that underperform. WSJ, "Retirement Security and Passively Managed Funds," 28 June 2020 Worry about a second wave of Covid-19 cases is pushing junk bond yields to their highest levels in a month, causing the risky debt to underperform other credit markets. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "Junk Bonds Underperform as Covid Cases Climb," 1 July 2020 Syth also downgraded the stock from market perform to underperform. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "American Airlines stock adds to yesterday’s 41% gain as reopening optimism soars," 5 June 2020 Bankers worry that even if businesses reopen and consumers resume spending, the U.S. economy could go through a rough few quarters and underperform investors’ expectations. Davide Scigliuzzo, Bloomberg.com, "Wall Street Warning to Corporate America: Get Cash While You Can," 4 June 2020 And shoppers also flocked to its smaller, underperforming rival Family Dollar, whose comparable sales were up 15%. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Dollar store chains are the pandemic’s big winners so far," 28 May 2020 In fact, underperforming swaths of it should be allowed to fail. Dan K. Eberhart For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Oil exec: It would be a mistake for the US government to bail us out," 21 May 2020 As a result of these twin pressures, the fossil-fuel industry has been the laggard in the last decade of economic expansion, underperforming every other sector of our economy. Bill Mckibben, The New York Review of Books, "Thanks to Climate Divestment, Big Oil Finally Runs Out of Gas," 12 May 2020 The result: traditional counties slightly underperformed the turnout model, while all-mail counties outperformed it by wide margins. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "The Weird Partisan Math of Vote-By-Mail," 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of underperform

1971, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Underperform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underperform. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of underperform

: to be less successful than expected or required

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