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Definition of shortchange verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shortchange he / she / it shortchanges past simple shortchanged -ing form shortchanging
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  1. 1shortchange somebody to give back less than the correct amount of money to someone who has paid for something with more than the exact price I think the bartender shortchanged me.
  2. 2shortchange somebody to treat someone unfairly by not giving them what they have earned or deserve America is shortchanging half its young adults by treating those who don't attend college as failures.