Focus on the pronunciation of underpayment
English definition of “underpayment”
/ˈʌndəˌpeɪmənt/ noun [C or U]
› COMMERCE the act of paying someone too little for the work they do, or an occasion when this happens: Problems included underpayments to some employees.
› the act of paying less than is necessary or less than the value of something, or an occasion when this happens: She received a bill for underpayment of more than $1000. Much of the surplus is the result of underpayments to past policyholders.
› BANKING, FINANCE the act of making smaller payments than originally agreed when paying back a loan, or an occasion when this happens: It is important to have a loan with flexible features, which allow overpayment and underpayment. You will be charged interest and possibly surcharges on any underpayment. → Compare overpayment