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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. 2017.
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  • The most complacent Britisher cannot hope to draw off the life-blood, and underfeed, and keep it up forever.

  • underfeed your rank and file, and what sort of a fight are you going to put up against your rivals.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • It is a much more serious risk to overfeed the baby than to underfeed him.

British Dictionary definitions for underfeed


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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