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"underweight" in British English

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underweightadjective

uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈweɪt/  us   /-dɚ-/
Underweight ​peopleweigh too little and are too ​thin: According to the ​hospitalchart he's four ​kilos underweight.
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(Definition of underweight from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"underweight" in American English

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underweightadjective

 us   /ˌʌn·dərˈweɪt/
weighing less than ​usual: The ​children were ​found to be ​malnourished and underweight.
(Definition of underweight from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"underweight" in Business English

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underweightadjective

uk   us   /ˌʌndəˈweɪt/ STOCK MARKET
used to describe portfolios that ​include too little of a particular ​type of ​share, ​bond, etc.: underweight in sth He's seriously underweight in Japanese ​bonds, which make up only 8% of his ​portfolio.an underweight rating/recommendation They ​initiatedcoverage of both ​stocks with an underweight ​rating.
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(Definition of underweight from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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