un·​der·​uti·​lized ˌən-dər-ˈyü-tə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce underutilized (audio)
: not fully utilized : underused
an underutilized resource
… Japan is harnessing two of its assets—one long underutilized and the other a long-standing source of strength—to support continued economic expansion.Paul A. Laudicina

Examples of underutilized in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Total project costs are about $98 million, and include a $10.5 million grant from the Omni CRA, a city agency dedicated to revitalizing underutilized lots and promoting affordable and workforce housing in the city core. Rebecca San Juan, Miami Herald, 13 Feb. 2024 Maryland tapped an underutilized resource – its 3-point shooting On the surface, the Terps’ 7-for-15 finish from behind the 3-point line doesn’t exactly suggest an eruption is due. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 25 Jan. 2024 Obtain inventory of underutilized land for more homebuilding. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024 Chris Pine's winning take on a bard is the driving force here, but Michelle Rodriguez's barbarian and (an underutilized) Regé-Jean Page's paladin steal plenty of scenes by really hewing true to their characters' alignment chart. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 25 Dec. 2023 In the Bay Area alone, Calthorpe says, 700 miles of underutilized thoroughfares could accommodate 1.4 million units of new housing. Dirk Sutro, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Aug. 2023 Pointer Ridge Elementary was considered an underutilized school, with fewer than 400 students enrolled each year over the past nine years. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2024 The San Jose company also plans to close underutilized offices as part of a restructuring plan expected to cost $600 million. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Nov. 2022 Officials have hailed the project, which would be built by a public-private partnership and borrow money from Wall Street to do so, as one that could supercharge development in an underutilized corner of the D.C. suburbs. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of underutilized was in 1899

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“Underutilized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underutilized. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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