underreport

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

under- +‎ report.

Verb[edit]

underreport (third-person singular simple present underreports, present participle underreporting, simple past and past participle underreported)

  1. To report a number falsely, making it smaller than it ought to be, especially to do so intentionally
    • Lara Jordan, AP,
      The FBI underreported its use of the USA Patriot Act to force businesses to turn over customer information in suspected terrorism cases, according to a Justice Department audit.
  2. As a group, to report something less frequently than it actually occurs
    Women tend to underreport rape.