Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To report (income or crime statistics, for example) as being less than actually is the case.

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  • verb To report a number falsely, making it smaller than it ought to be, especially to do so intentionally
  • verb As a group, to report something less frequently than it actually occurs

Etymologies

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under- +‎ report.

Examples

  • One concern, Shrestha noted, is that the study relied on women to report how much they smoked and drank during pregnancy, and people often "underreport" any behavior they believe will be frowned upon.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • One concern, Shrestha noted, is that the study relied on women to report how much they smoked and drank during pregnancy, and people often "underreport" any behavior they believe will be frowned upon.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • One concern, Shrestha noted, is that the study relied on women to report how much they smoked and drank during pregnancy, and people often "underreport" any behavior they believe will be frowned upon.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • One concern, Shrestha noted, is that the study relied on women to report how much they smoked and drank during pregnancy, and people often "underreport" any behavior they believe will be frowned upon.

    Reuters: Top News

  • One concern, Shrestha noted, is that the study relied on women to report how much they smoked and drank during pregnancy, and people often "underreport" any behavior they believe will be frowned upon.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Also local residents have given accounts of having seen police throwing bodies of dead civilians into the river in an apparent attempt to underreport the number of dead.

    Death in the Amazon

  • Because people tend to underreport their weight, the percentage of people who are obese is probably higher than the statistics indicate.

    Southerners, poor have highest rates of obesity

  • Because people tend to underreport their weight, the percentage of people who are obese is probably even higher than the statistics indicate, experts say.

    CDC finds sharp rise in obesity, state-by-state

  • Army, says troops under his command in Iraq did not intentionally underreport the number of civilians who were killed during his tenure, from mid-2004 until early 2007.

    US Denies Downplaying Iraq Civilian Deaths, Condoning Prisoner Abuse

  • Army, says troops under his command in Iraq did not intentionally underreport the number of civilians who were killed during his tenure, from mid-2004 until early 2007.

    US Denies Downplaying Iraq Civilian Deaths, Condoning Prisoner Abuse

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