[ UK /ˌʌndəspˈɛnd/ ]
  1. spend less than the whole of (a budget, for example)
  2. spend at less than the normal rate
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How To Use underspend In A Sentence

  • However, with the headline increases just announced, it will be more difficult to push their "underspend" mantra, when funds are increasing in real terms and Cameron has yet to sanction any increased spending on the forces. Archive 2007-07-01
  • It was an underspend, but that money is all promised and expected.
  • If the 'underspend' is the result of good practice (ie greater efficiency, smarter use of the money etc.) then there may be an argument for rewarding good practice by encouraging the organisation to use the remainder imaginatively (thus fuelling blue skies etc.) and furthermore if they are lambasted for an 'underspend' then there is no encouragement to either work more efficiently or take care of their budget etc. Quango chief's dilemma: how best to spend a spare £1m?
  • The financial report presented to Tuesday's meeting pointed out that the term underspend includes both reduced spending and/or increased income. Whitehaven News headlines
  • The department's gross underspending on critical areas was labelled as an outrage in light of wasteful expenditure on non-essentials such as catering, consultants and ‘mystery’ costs.
  • There has been an underspend in the department's budget.
  • Healthy patients underspending could qualify for a 'no claims discount'; patients with several long-term conditions might run out of funds. Times, Sunday Times
  • Past underspends have fallen disproportionately on capital investment programmes.
  • The Europeans "underspend" on defense not just because the American guarantee allowed them to enter a garden of Perpetual Peace, [15] but because in the third quarter of this century they chose to devote a lot of money to expensive (and very popular) public services. Its Own Worst Enemy
  • One positive development is an underspend of £2.5million in the trust's capital spending, meaning the unspent cash can help ease the deficit.
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