underachieve

[uhn-der-uh-cheev]

verb (used without object), un·der·a·chieved, un·der·a·chiev·ing.

to perform, especially academically, below the potential indicated by tests of one's mental ability or aptitude.
to perform below expectations or achieve less than expected, especially by others.

Nearby words

  1. under-achiever,
  2. under-employed,
  3. under-employment,
  4. under-the-counter,
  5. under-the-table,
  6. underachiever,
  7. underact,
  8. underactive,
  9. underage,
  10. underarm

Origin of underachieve

First recorded in 1950–55; under- + achieve

Related formsun·der·a·chieve·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for underachieve

underachieve

verb

(intr) to fail to achieve a performance appropriate to one's age or talents
Derived Formsunderachiever, noununderachievement, noun

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