Dictionary.com

underachieve

[ uhn-der-uh-cheev ]
/ ˌʌn dər əˈtʃiv /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: underachieve / underachieving on Thesaurus.com

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.
QUIZ
SPRINT TO THE FINISH WITH THIS OLYMPICS QUIZ!
Compete in our Olympics quiz to see if you can take home the gold medal in Olympics knowledge.
Question 1 of 10
Where was the Olympics first held?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of underachieve

First recorded in 1950–55; under- + achieve

OTHER WORDS FROM underachieve

un·der·a·chieve·ment, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use underachieve in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for underachieve

underachieve
/ (ˌundərəˈtʃiːv) /

verb
(intr) to fail to achieve a performance appropriate to one's age or talents

Derived forms of underachieve

underachiever, noununderachievement, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK