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underachieve

[ uhn-der-uh-cheev ]
/ 藢蕦n d蓹r 蓹藞t蕛iv /
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verb (used without object), un路der路a路chieved, un路der路a路chiev路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.
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Origin of underachieve

First recorded in 1950鈥55; under- + achieve

OTHER WORDS FROM underachieve

un路der路a路chieve路ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for underachieve

underachieve
/ (藢und蓹r蓹藞t蕛i藧v) /

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

Derived forms of underachieve

underachiever, noununderachievement, noun
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