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underlie

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verb un·der·lie \-ˈlī\

Simple Definition of underlie

  • : to lie or be located under (something)

  • : to form the basis or foundation of (an idea, a process, etc.)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of underlie

underlay

play \-ˈlā\

underlain

play \-ˈlān\

underlying

play \-ˈlī-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to be subject or amenable to

  3. 2 :  to lie or be situated under

  4. 3 :  to be at the basis of :  form the foundation of :  support <ideas underlying the revolution>

  5. 4 :  to exist as a claim or security superior and prior to (another)

Examples of underlie in a sentence

  1. A tile floor underlies the rug.

  2. The river is underlain by limestone.

  3. We discussed the principles that underlay their methods.

  4. A theme of revenge underlies much of her writing.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of underlie

before 12th century


UNDERLIE Defined for Kids

underlie

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verb un·der·lie \ˌən-dər-ˈlī\

Definition of underlie for Students

underlay

\-ˈlā\

underlain

\-ˈlān\

underlying

\-ˈlī-iŋ\
  1. 1 :  to lie or be located under <A tile floor underlies the rug.>

  2. 2 :  to form the foundation of :  support <What ideals underlie democracy?>





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