un·​der·​re·​port | \ ˌən-dər-ri-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce underreport (audio) \
underreported; underreporting; underreports

Definition of underreport

transitive verb

: to report to be less than is actually the case : understate underreports his income

Examples of underreport in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rise of body cameras has shown that in some police departments, for example, officers drastically underreport their use of force. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit," 7 July 2020 Earlier this month, the Academy of Physical, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences issued a report accusing the government of underreporting infections. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Hunger, Infection, and Repression: Venezuela’s Coronavirus Calamity," 29 May 2020 But local crisis centers have reported an increase in calls about domestic violence in the same period compared to last year, a possible sign of underreporting. Jennifer Mascia And Katlyn Alo, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne County's online restraining order system eases an 'intimidating' process," 29 May 2020 But Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina told The New York Times he is concerned incidents of domestic violence and child abuse may be underreported during the order. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Miami goes seven weeks without a homicide for first time since 1957," 24 Apr. 2020 Yet even as allies on Capitol Hill push for more scrutiny of the Chinese government’s underreporting of the coronavirus, Trump has been muted in his criticism. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump puzzles allies by hedging on China criticism amid coronavirus outbreak," 5 Apr. 2020 The tool will help Uber better address underreported troubles during trips. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Uber's new 'On-Trip Reporting' tool lets you report uncomfortable rides in real-time," 19 Feb. 2020 Amin is concerned that the incidence of infection has been underreported due to the lack of testing. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio: What is contact tracing? How we stamp out infectious disease," 5 May 2020 Non-Chinese scientists, including doctors paid by pharmaceutical companies, also underreported outside income. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "The Trump Administration Drove Him Back to China, Where He Invented a Fast Coronavirus Test," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of underreport

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Underreport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underreport. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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