Definition of underperform in English:



  • 1 Perform less well than expected.

    • ‘The feeling was that a team of incredible quality were seriously underperforming, and something had to change and quick.’
    • ‘There are too many coasting schools, too many pupils underperforming in good schools.’
    • ‘I felt that we underperformed, especially around the middle.’
    • ‘Judges who do not send convicted drug dealers to jail are hugely underperforming.’
    • ‘This country underperforms most noticeably in research and development, entrepreneurial activity and youth unemployment.’
    • ‘They're unskilled, inadequate and underperforming.’
    • ‘I found the training very satisfying but the competition intensely frustrating because I knew I was always underperforming.’
    • ‘We are a performance-driven bank and others who have had their pay frozen are underperforming.’
    • ‘The hospital recently lost its three-star status, with hospital cleanliness the one key target on which the trust was considered to be underperforming.’
    • ‘If your area was underperforming then you would surely aim to make it better, not cover up for people who are ineffective.’
    • ‘If the team underperforms, the coach must look in the mirror before he does anything else.’
    • ‘The changes will also allow administrative staff deemed by the education department to be underperforming to be demoted, and will give greater autonomy to principals in the hiring and firing of teachers.’
    • ‘The rising tide of red tape is the major reason that small firms are underperforming in the economy.’
    • ‘We're in a no-win situation: if grades go up it's because of dumbing down, and if they drop we are underperforming.’
    • ‘Academies are state-of-the-art facilities that replace schools considered to be underperforming and are set up with the help of a private or charitable sponsor.’
    • ‘‘A couple of years ago they were massively underperforming,’ says Chambers.’
    • ‘Not only is he facing a tough consumer market in Europe but many of the group's brands are underperforming.’
    • ‘But it does not alter the fact that the hotels were underperforming.’
    • ‘‘We let ourselves down in the last two finals by underperforming but we didn't talk about that before this match.’’
    • ‘As a country we are still underperforming massively on the international athletics stage and our track and field medals haul is simply not good enough when you consider our population and sporting heritage.’
    1. 1.1[with object]Increase in value less than.
      ‘the shares have underperformed the market’
      • ‘Don't large corporations know that about 90% of managed funds underperform the stock market average over the long-term?’
      • ‘Even if it has underperformed the market over a long period, has it demonstrated robustness through tough times?’
      • ‘Plagued by concerns over generic competition plus other issues that include manufacturing problems, shares in the company have underperformed the overall market.’
      • ‘The shares this weekend have fallen 11 per cent since the start of the year, underperforming the stock market as a whole.’
      • ‘Since the start of this year it has been forced to issue three separate profit warnings, and its shares have underperformed its rivals by 23%.’
      • ‘His analysis shows food, beverage and tobacco makers all underperforming the market since the end of June.’
      • ‘In the 20 largest deals since 1995, the average combined company underperformed the market by nearly 13%.’
      • ‘In more recent years, the FTSE 30 has also underperformed the wider market.’
      • ‘So it's no surprise that, based on their price-earnings ratio, their shares have long underperformed those of most rivals.’
      • ‘The shares have underperformed this year..’
      • ‘Conversely when they sold shares, the stock underperformed the market by 5.4%.’
      • ‘And sometimes, the reduction can even result in your share portfolio underperforming the overall market!’
      • ‘In fact, the top 20 funds not only underperformed the market as time went on, but they also underperformed the average mutual fund.’
      • ‘In other words, when we take survivorship bias into account, the average mutual fund underperforms the market.’
      • ‘Then again, don't be disappointed when this fund underperforms the broad market, as it will be prone to do from time to time.’
      • ‘Given the surprises that the corporate world continues to throw up, it's no shock to discover professional fund managers continue to underperform the stock market average.’
      • ‘In the case of underperforming, does it imply the shares will underperform the sector or the entire market?’
      • ‘In the case of the financials, we are at a point in the interest-rate cycle at which this sector underperforms the market.’
      • ‘In a noteworthy development, the broader market generally underperformed the major indices.’
      • ‘But don't despair if you are underperforming the overall market!’