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[uhn-der-feed for 1; uhn-der-feed for 2] /ˌʌn dərˈfid for 1; ˈʌn dɛrˌfid for 2/
verb (used with object), underfed, underfeeding.
to feed insufficiently.
to feed with fuel from beneath.
Origin of underfeed
First recorded in 1650-60; under- + feed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He has been lonely and underfed, and at the first there was considerable pain.

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  • I ain't sure of the word, but I believe that means thin-blooded or underfed.

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  • Poor, underfed and oversmart children; ready-witted and half-witted.

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  • Their cattle are not allowed to be overworked, or underfed, or abused in any way.

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  • "I take it that you refer to the odor that comes from underfed bodies," I remarked.

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  • On the other hand, trees suffer as much or more from cold if underfed than if overfed.

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  • For poor people, who are underfed and drink adulterated stuff.

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  • The production fell off; the miners were discontented and underfed.

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  • Thirty per cent of the people are underfed and on the verge of hunger.

British Dictionary definitions for underfed


verb (transitive) (ˌʌndəˈfiːd) -feeds, -feeding, -fed
to give too little food to
to supply (a furnace, engine, etc) with fuel from beneath
noun (ˈʌndəˌfiːd)
an apparatus by which fuel, etc, is supplied from below
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