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underachieve

[uhn-der-uh-cheev] /ˌʌn dər əˈtʃiv/
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
1950-1955
1950-55; under- + achieve
Related forms
underachievement, noun
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Examples from the web for underachieve
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for underachieve

underachieve

/ˌundərəˈtʃiːv/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to fail to achieve a performance appropriate to one's age or talents
Derived Forms
underachiever, noun
underachievement, noun
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