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

transitive verb

: to do worse than

intransitive verb

: to fail to do as well as expected
underperformance noun
underperformer noun

Examples of underperform in a Sentence

The report shows which schools are underperforming.
Recent Examples on the Web In comparison, returns for the S&P 500 have been 27% in 2021, -19% in 2022, and 24% in 2023 - indicating that WMT underperformed the S&P in 2021 and 2023. Trefis Team, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Every live-action comic book movie last year underperformed (aside from Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3), regardless of studio. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Feb. 2024 But up and down the spine of Manhattan, condominiums in high-rise buildings emblazoned with Mr. Trump’s name have underperformed, according to sales data from two real estate tracking firms, and an analysis of the data by the Columbia University economist Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Sales representatives are then advised to visit the underperforming stores within those clusters where there would be potential to upsell. Byjohn Kell, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 The Moana news comes as the studio rethinks its franchise strategy after a number of high-profile sequels disappointed last year, with underperforming titles including Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and The Marvels. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2024 The Dow Jones Transportation Average, which tracks 20 US transportation stocks from railroads to airlines to delivery, has fallen 1.6% so far this year, underperforming the broader Dow industrials’ 2.2% gain. Krystal Hur, CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 Macy's Chronically underperforming department store Macy's has struggled to keep up with consumers' shifting preference for shopping online, leading to financial struggles that made worker layoffs necessary. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 29 Jan. 2024 But a bereft offense that could never really get going under rookie quarterback Bryce Young — one that featured an injured offensive line and a crew of underperforming playmakers — rendered his stint in Carolina short. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of underperform was in 1971

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“Underperform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underperform. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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