Definition of underprivileged in US English:

underprivileged

adjective

  • (of a person) not enjoying the same standard of living or rights as the majority of people in a society.

    • ‘He is undertaking the walk in order to raise money for victims of the tsunami disaster and underprivileged people in the local community.’
    • ‘This is an annual project in which toys games etc. are sent to underprivileged children in foreign countries.’
    • ‘Christmas came early this year for underprivileged children from across the district.’
    • ‘These toys will be sent to underprivileged children in Third World countries.’
    • ‘Last week, our Head Boy organized a charity for the underprivileged children in Iavindat.’
    • ‘Instead of gifts, the couple had asked that guests make donations to the Aconchego day care centre for underprivileged children.’
    • ‘I got so into the article that I wanted to give back to underprivileged children.’
    • ‘Steve plans to fly out to Albania with the climbing gear to give underprivileged children from that country the chance to try the sport on a summer camp.’
    • ‘It was my childhood desire to assist underprivileged people of Third World countries in any way I could.’
    • ‘There are underprivileged individuals and groups in the First World, as well as in the Third and New Second Worlds.’
    • ‘The school provides free room, board, and education to underprivileged children.’
    • ‘Proceeds from the show will go towards a Christmas party for the underprivileged residents of Fyzabad.’
    • ‘They have introduced educational programmes for underprivileged children.’
    • ‘A teenager who gave up a summer holiday in the French sunshine to help underprivileged children has been given a national award.’
    • ‘The Hales family, all of whom are involved in athletics, have set up a trust fund to help underprivileged athletes in Bolton.’
    • ‘Wagner went in a different direction, starting a foundation for underprivileged kids.’
    • ‘The centre in Sussex Square provides a place for underprivileged families to socialise and get support and advice.’
    • ‘They tend to have negative attitudes towards poor people, underprivileged groups, and minorities.’
    • ‘The local administration has waived all charges for all underprivileged patients in hospitals.’
    • ‘This occasion, as in previous years, was one of happiness and support for underprivileged people in society.’
    needy, deprived, in need, in want, in distress, disadvantaged, needful, poor, destitute, in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances, impoverished, poverty-stricken, penurious, indigent, as poor as a church mouse, unable to keep the wolf from the door
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Pronunciation

underprivileged

/ˌəndərˈpriv(ə)lijd//ˌəndərˈprɪv(ə)lɪdʒd/