Definition of underdeveloped in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌəndərdəˈveləpt/


1Not fully developed: underdeveloped kidneys the community services are underfunded and underdeveloped
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  • The old man watched her go, a slight underdeveloped girl, wearing a ragged pair of boys' shorts too big for her, a lustrous mop of untidy hair falling in glossy black waves almost to her bony shoulders.
  • Some of the beats aren't bad, but there's just nothing exceptional about this album - no hooks and slightly underdeveloped voices - nothing really to keep you coming back.
  • The real problem is tiny, underdeveloped lungs.
1.1(Of a country or region) not advanced economically.
Example sentences
  • The burden of debt is made even worse when it is considered that the area is one of the most economically underdeveloped regions in South Africa.
  • Citizens of economically underdeveloped countries typically have shorter life expectancies than do citizens of the developed countries.
  • Typically, students are not taught about the global economy and the impact of free trade on underdeveloped countries.
1.2(Of photographic film) not developed sufficiently to give a normal image.



Pronunciation: /ˌəndərdəˈveləpmənt/
Example sentences
  • There is also the unfair economic, trade and financial regimes that favour the developed world and in more than one way contribute to perpetuate the underdevelopment that plagues the region.
  • A pledge for a better tomorrow, a commitment by leaders to liberate the continent from what they call a malaise of underdevelopment and exclusion.
  • At the same time there was a naïve belief that the problem of underdevelopment and poverty would find an easy, if not an automatic, solution with the dawn of independence.

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Syllabification: un·der·de·vel·oped

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