underachieve

[uhn-der-uh-cheev]
verb (used without object), underachieved, underachieving.
1.
to perform, especially academically, below the potential indicated by tests of one's mental ability or aptitude.
2.
to perform below expectations or achieve less than expected, especially by others.

Origin:
1950–55; under- + achieve

underachievement, noun
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underachieve (ˌundərəˈtʃiːv)
 
vb
(intr) to fail to achieve a performance appropriate to one's age or talents
 
undera'chiever
 
n
 
undera'chievement
 
n

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Example sentences
Many high-ability students with spatial strengths and verbal weaknesses underachieve and even drop out of school.
Unfortunately, many students underachieve in foreign language courses.
Leaders underachieve because their vision and goals are less ambitious than they could be.
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