underdo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English underdon, from Old English underdōn (to put under), from Proto-Germanic *under + *dōną (to put), equivalent to under- +‎ do. Cognate with German unterthun (to put under, subject).

Verb[edit]

underdo (third-person singular simple present underdoes, present participle underdoing, simple past underdid, past participle underdone)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To put under, subject.
  2. (transitive) To do something insufficiently; especially to undercook.
  3. (intransitive) To act below one's abilities; do less than one can.
  4. (intransitive) To do less than is requisite.

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