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understock

[verb uhn-der-stok; noun uhn-der-stok]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide an insufficient quantity, as of merchandise, supplies, or livestock.
noun
  1. Horticulture. (in grafting) the rooted plant that receives the scion.

Origin of understock

First recorded in 1755–65; under- + stock
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Examples from the Web for understocked

Historical Examples

  • The market is understocked with commodities, not with labour, with work done, not with work to be done.

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

    Adam Smith

  • Unfortunately, the hack saw department is understocked and our new order has not arrived.

    Trading Jeff and his Dog

    James Arthur Kjelgaard