Adjective "underspent" definition and examples

(Underspent may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Spend too little.
  1. 'But we are in no way complacent about underspends and we are taking steps to reduce them.'
  2. 'We are required not to overspend, so there will always be a propensity to underspend.'
  3. '‘We accept that this is a priority area, but since you are already underspending, we don't believe they'll be able to spend more of it,’ an official said.'
  4. '‘In any big organisation that spends £180 million there are going to be some areas where you overspend and underspend,’ he said.'
  5. 'It has also been revealed that almost half of local authorities are underspending on road maintenance.'
  6. 'We have been underspending on our roading network for the past 20 years, and that is why we are in the current situation.'
  7. 'At the same time, poor planning and delivery mean that the province is expected to underspend on child-support grants, food parcels and the building of houses.'
  8. 'If you can keep trying to underspend by a little bit here and there and reduce your overdraft accordingly each time, you'll soon find that you don't have one anymore.'
  9. 'It is therefore incorrect to say the Department of Education underspent, because at present there is no weak expenditure on the part the department.'
  10. 'This council must make up for all the underspending or they will find themselves out at the council elections this year.'
  11. 'In an environment where departments operate with significantly high vacancy rates the expectation is to have them underspend their budgets.'
  12. 'Then one evening, on inspecting the household accounts, I suddenly realised that unless something were done our annual budget would be underspent.'
  13. 'The unit is underspent on its budget and it has been cited as good practice nationally.'
  14. 'They underspent their budget by €15 million in 2002/2003.'
  15. 'This year's food safety budget is underspent by approximately $5 million.'
  16. 'The report reveals that in several winters before 2001, the budget was underspent because of a series of mild winters.'
  17. 'Government departments underspent on their budgets by €1.1bn in the first six months, with the departments of health, education, transport and environment all well below their spending targets.'
  18. 'Is the Minister aware of any other district health boards that have deviated from their nominated budgets, resulting in underspending and a reduction of services and treatment in their regions?'
  19. 'The department has over the years underspent its budget, resulting in the unspent funds being rolled over and taken over by the Treasury.'
  20. 'Ms Burton said the latest figures showed the Government had underspent on capital projects by as much as €500m.'


An act of underspending.
  1. 'In future there will be a close watch kept on what happens to underspends at the end of the financial year.'
  2. 'It was an underspend, but that money is all promised and expected.'
  3. 'There is a real question over how the huge extra expenditure can be absorbed and put to use in a system that already has difficulty not producing an underspend in its budgets from year to year.'
  4. 'To help them do this, some of the 2002/03 underspends were carried forward to 2004/05.'
  5. 'As I advised the member yesterday, I was informed 2 months ago of the underspend.'
  6. 'The actual contribution was £275,000, due to an underspend within the total budget.'
  7. 'He said it was based on an underspend in the past year, and when this was combined with inflation, the increase was virtually wiped out.'
  8. 'Large underspends, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, have been rung up in the education and environmental services departments.'
  9. 'Therefore, I have never disputed the fact that up until then there was a serious underspend in relation to infrastructure spend in the West.'
  10. 'We had an underspend from the budget of 2001 and 2002, and we decided it was best targeted at a one-off project.'

More definitions

1. to pay out, disburse, or expend; dispose of (money, wealth, resources, etc.): resisting the temptation to spend one's money.

2. to employ (labor, thought, words, time, etc.), as on some object or in some proceeding: Don't spend much time on it.

3. to pass (time) in a particular manner, place, etc.: We spent a few days in Baltimore.

4. to use up, consume, or exhaust: The storm had spent its fury.

5. to give (one's blood, life, etc.) fo

More examples(as adjective)

"budgets can be underspent."