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intr.v. un·der·a·chieved, un·der·a·chiev·ing, un·der·a·chieves
To perform worse or achieve less success than expected.

un′der·a·chieve′ment n.
un′der·a·chiev′er n.


(ˌʌn dər əˈtʃi vər)

a person, esp. a child, who underachieves.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.underachiever - a student who does not perform as well as expected or as well as the IQ indicatesunderachiever - a student who does not perform as well as expected or as well as the IQ indicates
educatee, pupil, student - a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution


[ˌʌndərəˈtʃiːvər] nélève mf sous-performant(e)under age underage [ˌʌndərˈeɪdʒ] adj
(= too young) [person] → mineur(e)
[drinking, smoking, sex] → chez les mineurs


[ˌʌndərəˈtʃiːvəʳ] nchi non dà il meglio di


n persona que no alcanza su potencial
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