un·​der·​shoot ˌən-dər-ˈshüt How to pronounce undershoot (audio)
undershot ˌən-dər-ˈshät How to pronounce undershoot (audio) ; undershooting

transitive verb

: to shoot short of or below (a target)
: to fall short of (a runway) in landing an airplane

Examples of undershoot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lawmakers boosted that number by $4.5 billion during a midyear budget revision that included bonus payments and pay raises for state employees and teachers but will still substantially undershoot total revenue for the year. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 July 2022 Perhaps immunobridging actually led each company to slightly undershoot their dose size. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 29 Mar. 2022 When neurotypical children throw a Frisbee for the first time, for instance, the disc may over- or undershoot the target. Washington Post, 29 July 2021 Italy has blocked the export of 250,000 AstraZeneca doses (made in the country) to Australia, on the basis that AZ is likely to undershoot its delivery commitments within the EU. David Meyer, Fortune, 5 Mar. 2021 The risk is that these sub-2% expectations become self-fulfilling and inflation over time will chronically undershoot. Stephanie Flanders, Bloomberg.com, 10 Nov. 2020 Given its previous inability to hit its inflation target, we should be concerned the Fed will undershoot inflation, not overshoot it. Alexander William Salter, National Review, 28 Sep. 2020 Their inflation expectations suggest the Fed, the ECB and the Bank of Japan will all undershoot their targets on average for the next decade. The Economist, 4 June 2020 City Manager Jim Thompson stressed the importance of not undershooting revenue projections. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, 27 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of undershoot was circa 1661

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“Undershoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undershoot. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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