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undergird

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verb un·der·gird \ˌən-dər-ˈgərd\

Simple Definition of undergird

  • : to strengthen or support (something) from below

Full Definition of undergird

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to make secure underneath <took measures to undergird the ship — Acts 27:17(Revised Standard Version)>

  3. 2 :  to form the basis or foundation of :  strengthen, support <facts and statistics subtly undergird his commentary — Susan Q. Stranahan>

Examples of undergird

  1. <the theory of evolution undergirds virtually all of modern biology>



1526

First Known Use of undergird

1526


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