Definition of undershoot in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌəndərˈSHo͞ot/
(past and past participle undershot) [with object]
1Fall short of (a point or target): the figure undershot the government’s original estimate
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  • If we focus on the profile of inflation over the last two years or so, the period over which the MPG has had more influence, there has indeed been a tendency for inflation to undershoot the target.
  • If the manager calls the market wrong and the scheme undershoots its target, investors could end up with less money than they put in.
  • Based on trends to end August, tax receipts could undershoot the target by up to £2bn, putting an enormous hole in the £2.5 bn surplus target.
1.1(Of an aircraft) land short of (the runway).
Example sentences
  • In the full knowledge that nonpilots judge you by your landings, I undershot the runway by 100 ft, fortunately without damage.
  • I kept the engine running just in case I undershot the landing place until I was around 50 ft above the field.
  • They either undershot or overshot whilst attempting to land on an aircraft carrier.


Pronunciation: /ˈəndərˌSHo͞ot/
An act of undershooting.
Example sentences
  • If this continues, there is likely to be a major undershoot in public capital spending again this year.
  • However, set against disappointment here has been an undershoot in government spending, with central government spending plus investment up by 5.7% year on year against a Budget forecast of 7.2% growth.

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Syllabification: un·der·shoot

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