underachieve
intransitive verb see underachiever

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • underachieve — UK US /ˌʌndərəˈtʃiːv/ verb [I] ► to do less well than you could or should: »What are the schools doing to make these children underachieve? »Students in these six states are underachieving significantly compared to the national average …   Financial and business terms

  • underachieve — ► VERB ▪ do less well than is expected. DERIVATIVES underachievement noun underachiever noun …   English terms dictionary

  • underachieve — [un΄dər ə chēv′] vi. underachieved, underachieving 1. to fail to do as well in school studies as might be expected from scores made on intelligence tests 2. to perform below expectations underachievement n. underachiever n …   English World dictionary

  • underachieve — underachievement, n. /un deuhr euh cheev /, v.i., underachieved, underachieving. 1. to perform, esp. academically, below the potential indicated by tests of one s mental ability or aptitude. 2. to perform below expectations or achieve less than… …   Universalium

  • underachieve — verb To achieve less than expected; to fail to fulfil ones potential. Syn: punch below ones weight, underperform …   Wiktionary

  • underachieve — [[t]ʌ̱ndərətʃi͟ːv[/t]] underachieves, underachieving, underachieved VERB If someone underachieves in something such as school work or a job, they do not perform as well as they could. Some people might think I ve underachieved in my job. Ant:… …   English dictionary

  • underachieve — un·der·a chieve || ‚ʌndÉ™(r)É™rÉ™ tʃɪːvd v. achieve less than what was expected (e.g. fail to do as well in school as might be expected from intelligence tests) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • underachieve — verb do less well than is expected, especially in school work. Derivatives underachievement noun underachiever noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • underachieve — See: underachiever …   English dictionary

  • underachieve — un•der•a•chieve [[t]ˌʌn dər əˈtʃiv[/t]] v. i. a•chieved, a•chiev•ing 1) edu to perform below the potential indicated by tests of one s mental ability or aptitude 2) edu to perform below expectations; achieve less than expected • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

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