undercurrent

noun un·der·cur·rent \ ˈən-dər-ˌkər-ənt , -ˌkə-rənt \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of undercurrent

1 : a current below the upper currents or surface
2 : a hidden opinion, feeling, or tendency often contrary to the one publicly shown

undercurrent

adjective

Examples of undercurrent in a Sentence

  1. You could be pulled under water by the dangerous undercurrents.

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First Known Use of undercurrent

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UNDERCURRENT Defined for English Language Learners

undercurrent

noun

Definition of undercurrent for English Language Learners

  • : a flow of water that moves below the surface of the ocean or a river

  • : a hidden feeling or tendency that is usually different from the one that is easy to see or understand


UNDERCURRENT Defined for Kids

undercurrent

noun un·der·cur·rent \ ˈən-dər-ˌkər-ənt \

Definition of undercurrent for Students

1 : a flow of water that moves below the surface
2 : a hidden feeling or tendency often different from the one openly shown
  • She sensed an undercurrent of dissatisfaction.


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