underperform

play
verb un·der·per·form \ˌən-dər-pə(r)-ˈfȯrm\

Definition of underperform

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to do worse than

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to fail to do as well as expected

underperformance

play \ˌən-dər-pə(r)-ˈfȯr-mən(t)s\ noun

underperformer

noun

Examples of underperform in a sentence

  1. The report shows which schools are underperforming.

1971

First Known Use of underperform

1971


UNDERPERFORM Defined for English Language Learners

underperform

play
verb un·der·per·form \ˌən-dər-pə(r)-ˈfȯrm\

Definition of underperform for English Language Learners

  • : to be less successful than expected or required


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up underperform? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

sparing in use of food or drink

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • fox-in-front-of-cabin-in-winter
  • The month of December comes from a Latin word that referred to which month of the year?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ