un·​der·​priv·​i·​leged | \ ˌən-dər-ˈpriv-lijd How to pronounce underprivileged (audio) , -ˈpri-və- \

Definition of underprivileged

1 : deprived through social or economic condition of some of the fundamental rights of all members of a civilized society
2 : of or relating to underprivileged people underprivileged areas of the city

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Examples of underprivileged in a Sentence

underprivileged children often don't do as well on standardized tests as more privileged students
Recent Examples on the Web Foundation to underprivileged Alameda County children who depend on school meals and may now go hungry. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Steph Curry is MVP for his coronavirus outreach, including Dr. Fauci Q&A," 26 Mar. 2020 But the coronavirus pandemic is shutting down schools and underprivileged families are scrambling to find ways to feed their hungry children. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Steph and Ayesha Curry are helping to provide 1 million meals to Oakland students who can't attend school due to coronavirus closures," 14 Mar. 2020 While partnering with Buckner International, Mavs players Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber handed out 250 Thanksgiving meals to underprivileged families and prepared food for families who otherwise wouldn’t have had a holiday dinner. Dallas News, "Dallas Mavericks spread holiday hope to those in need during the season of giving," 24 Dec. 2019 DeWine's family foundation provides an annual full-ride scholarship for an underprivileged Ohio public-school student to Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: Why Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine cares so much amid coronavirus crisis," 19 Mar. 2020 Steyer, 62, says tackling climate change, an area of focus for him, is critical to helping underprivileged communities. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Tom Steyer endorses reparations for slavery," 29 Jan. 2020 Catalyte has been identifying, training and hiring untapped talent from underprivileged communities for the past 19 years. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Forget resumes and LinkedIn. This tech firm finds talent in unexpected places," 2 Dec. 2019 The funding will allow for around 70 underprivileged students to receive 15 weeks of arts programming, at no cost. Michael Walsh, courant.com, "The Lillian Fund Marks 20 Years Of Giving," 11 Nov. 2019 For every pair of Bombas x Yara Shahidi socks purchased, a pair will be donated to organizations that are working towards equity in education and providing support for underprivileged communities. Maiya Carmichael, Essence, "Yara Shahidi Has A New Collaboration With Bombas," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of underprivileged

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of underprivileged was in 1896

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7 Apr 2020

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“Underprivileged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underprivileged. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of underprivileged

: having less money, education, etc., than the other people in a society : having fewer advantages, privileges, and opportunities than most people : poor or disadvantaged


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Kids Definition of underprivileged

: having fewer advantages than others especially because of being poor

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