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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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 Active fund managers who lend out more than 1% of their holdings on average during the year underperform their fellow mutual-fund managers by an average of 0.62 percentage point a year across multiple asset classes. Derek Horstmeyer, WSJ, 3 July 2021 Unless leaders have appropriate skills to manage differences, diverse teams can underperform homogenous teams. Kumar Parakala, Forbes, 17 June 2021 In addition to a declining operating margin, Fidelity has negative returns that underperform over half of its competitors. Gurufocus, Forbes, 21 May 2021 The company is also being weighed down by negative margins and returns that underperform a majority of industry peers. Gurufocus, Forbes, 10 June 2021 As property tax revenues fell, Dr. King Elementary School lost critical funding, became increasingly segregated and saw students underperform in test scores. NBC news, 6 June 2021 Further, the stock is likely to underperform S&P500 returns by 0.5% over the next month (twenty-one trading days). Trefis Team, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Be conscious of your actions in order to overcome a tendency to overspend or underperform. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 26 May 2021 Further, the stock is likely to underperform S&P500 returns by 6.2% over the next month (twenty-one trading days). Trefis Team, Forbes, 1 June 2021

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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 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of underperform

: to be less successful than expected or required


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