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underrepresent

Syllabification: un·der·rep·re·sent
Pronunciation: /ˌəndə(r)ˌreprəˈzent
 
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Definition of underrepresent in English:

verb

[with object]
Provide with insufficient or inadequate representation: women are underrepresented at high levels
More example sentences
  • If people are under-represented on campus or in the employment figures, that could be evidence of an underlying social injustice.
  • Citizens who are not students are in danger of being under-represented in their area if students have access to such direct political representation.
  • The company believes it is under-represented in the capital, with only one of its 30 Scottish stores located in the city, compared with six in Glasgow.

Derivatives

underrepresentation

1
Pronunciation: /-zenˈtāSHən, -zən-/
noun
Example sentences
  • Many people we consulted throughout the course of the project expressed frustration that, although the problem of under-representation has been recognised and discussed over a number of years, very little has been done.
  • The proper response to the under-representation of state pupils is to raise school standards, not discriminate against the brightest.
  • The profession has recognised that something must be done to address its woeful under-representation of women.

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