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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Synonyms & Antonyms for underprivileged


depressed, deprived, disadvantaged


advantaged, privileged

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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

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The Panthers Foundation awarded a Community Champions Grant of $25,000 to the YMCA that is providing free swimming and water safety lessons to 175 underprivileged children in Broward County. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "The Florida Panthers Foundation and YMCA team up for water safety awareness month," 2 July 2019 Hussle was posthumously awarded the Humanitarian Award for his community activism and efforts in underprivileged areas. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "BET Awards 2019: See the full list of winners," 24 June 2019 Later, brush up your acrobatic skills at a workshop with Phare, a Cambodian circus and social enterprise that employs underprivileged youth. National Geographic, "Southeast Asia Family Journey: Vietnam to Cambodia," 12 June 2019 But to have this project feature heavy hitters such as Beyonce, Tyler Perry & Viola Davis, all for a great cause such as underprivileged children? Rachaell Davis, Essence, "Tina Knowles-Lawson & Richard Lawson's Annual Wearable Art Gala Is Coming To Television," 11 June 2019 His establishment of Pakistan’s first cancer hospital and a college for underprivileged youth suggest an all too rare spirit of public service. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Will Imran Khan Turn Pakistan Into an Islamic Welfare State?," 12 July 2018 Common is also the creator of Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to empower underprivileged youth to be strong citizens of the world. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Common Signs With UTA," 10 July 2018 Abell, better known for initiatives in education, health care and human services to help the underprivileged, invested in the company as part of its work to promote social goals such as increasing energy efficiency. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "After legal battle, Ford licenses hybrid engine technology from Baltimore-based tech firm, Abell Foundation," 12 Apr. 2018 Now 20 years old, Boke lives at City of Hope, an incredible children’s home and school for underprivileged children in Tanzania. Shay Maunz, Glamour, "This Young Woman Is Fighting Poverty in Tanzania by Teaching Women to Make Clothes," 8 Mar. 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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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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