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

Definition of undershoot

transitive verb

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

Examples of undershoot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Brexit has saddled its champions with an impossible dilemma," 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, "How the Covid Crisis Calls for a Makeover at the Fed and ECB," 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, "Markets Don’t Have Much Reason to Believe the Federal Reserve," 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, "Tomorrow’s problem Don’t worry about inflation—yet," 4 June 2020 City Manager Jim Thompson stressed the importance of not undershooting revenue projections. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Scottsdale cuts millions from its budget as it enters 'uncharted territory' of pandemic," 27 May 2020 Because the Fed targets an index that tends to undershoot the CPI by about a third of a percentage point, this implies missing the central bank’s 2% target by a long way. The Economist, "The rich worldEconomists’ models of inflation are letting them down," 10 Oct. 2019 With partners overproducing Saudi Arabia has consistently had to undershoot its quota. The Economist, "Saudi Aramco’s IPO is the biggest ever," 7 Dec. 2019 Berkshire Hathaway's shares undershot the S&P 500 in 2019 by a long way. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Warren Buffett lays out a succession plan—for his Berkshire shares," 22 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of undershoot

circa 1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Undershoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undershoot. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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