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

Other Words from underperform

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

Examples of underperform in a Sentence

The report shows which schools are underperforming.
Recent Examples on the Web Specifically, those countries in the highest quintile of rate increases tend see their stock markets underperform those countries in the lowest quintile by 0.76% a month. Simon Moore, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Frankly speaking, large companies usually tend to make bold promises, but underperform in executing on these commitments. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 23 Aug. 2022 The firm’s shares continued to underperform those of its peers, but Mr. Lee succeeded in closing the gap significantly, with Carlyle shares, including dividends, outperforming the S&P 500 during his tenure. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 As a result, most underperform the markets over time. Joshua Strange, Forbes, 30 June 2022 In downgrading Meta, which owns Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, to underperform from hold, the analysts pointed to rising costs, as the company continues to invest in the Metaverse, as well as slowing revenue growth. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 July 2022 That leaves post-pandemic Britain on course to underperform every other major leading economy next year, posing a severe headache for both Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. David Goodman, Fortune, 12 June 2022 Snyder fought ferociously against the forces that were leading his team to underperform. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 June 2022 The risk for quality is that an aggressive risk appetite continues to pervade, and quality should underperform in that situation. Bill Stone, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 29 Sep. 2022.

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