un·​der·​pre·​pared ˌən-dər-prə-ˈperd How to pronounce underprepared (audio)
: inadequately prepared

Examples of underprepared in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The requests for additional police resources add to the questions about why UCLA was so underprepared when dozens of people swarmed the camp Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, attacking protesters who were occupying the space on the campus. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024 Marlon Brando was overweight and underprepared for his role as a deranged Green Berets colonel. Clyde Haberman, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2024 Baby boomers and Gen X are wildly underprepared for retirement on the whole, according to many surveys and studies. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2024 His clever movement, active off-ball work and confident release all exposed an Indiana team woefully underprepared for the defensive challenge waiting in Lincoln. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Jan. 2024 But things rarely work that way, and parents and students are left scrambling for solutions as teachers are overwhelmed—and often underprepared to support them. A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez, Parents, 8 Dec. 2023 Powell worries that slow-moving or underprepared institutions will struggle to find ways to address diversity concerns with a new legal standard in place. Byellen McGirt, Fortune, 8 June 2023 Contributor Once hailed as a frontier of global connectivity and knowledge sharing, the Internet has become a battleground where hackers and cybercriminals prey on the ill-informed and underprepared. Nick Kasmik, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2023 No one has more experience with situations involving an underprepared or flustered traveler than a TSA agent. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 26 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of underprepared was in 1964

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“Underprepared.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underprepared. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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