un·​der·​re·​port | \ˌən-dər-ri-ˈpȯrt \
underreported; underreporting; underreports

Definition of underreport 

transitive verb

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

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Patients who are prone to hypoglycemia can benefit from this slightly less restrictive goal, such as patients over the age of 80, for whom low blood sugar is often less recognized and underreported. Erik Polan, Do, Philly.com, "Q&A: What do I need to know about the new diabetes recommendations?," 13 Mar. 2018 Even then, experts say, underreporting probably masks how frequently seclusion and restraint are employed in schools. Washington Post, "A photo emerges and a Va. school system’s use of seclusion comes under scrutiny," 26 May 2018 From July 2012 to October 2015, Sullivan also allegedly filed falsified state cigar and smoking tobacco tax forms, underreporting amounts sold. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Winchester tobacco shop owner charged with tax fraud totaling more than $360,000," 29 June 2018 Illinois consumers are supposed to pay use tax to the state if sales tax isn’t charged on a purchase, but experts say underreporting is an issue. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois set to collect sales tax on more online purchases after Supreme Court ruling," 21 June 2018 The study's authors suspect that catch may be underreported in some cases. Chris Johns, National Geographic, "High Seas Fishing Isn’t Just Destructive—It’s Unprofitable," 6 June 2018 Experts believe the disease is underreported in Arizona, California's Central Valley and in other states where the disease-triggering fungal spores exist. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Another dust-storm season, another reminder about valley fever," 6 July 2018 The Bureau of Justice Statistics finds that hate crimes are considerably underreported, particularly among vulnerable populations such as disabled Americans. Brian Levin, James J. Nolan, CBS News, "New data shows US hate crimes continued to rise in 2017," 26 June 2018 Are mortality figures for disasters fueled by climate change being underreported? Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Hurricane Maria Contributed to Nearly 5,000 Deaths, Researchers Say," 30 May 2018

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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