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Examples of undergird in a Sentence
the theory of evolution undergirds virtually all of modern biology
Recent Examples of undergird from the Web
But such projections are grossly misleading because of the binary thinking that undergirds them and the misclassification of individuals who are partly white and partly minority.
JPMorgan is one of a slew of companies exploring the business potential for blockchains, the technology that undergirds Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Among other things, its European allies want to maintain access to British terrorist databases and intelligence assessments that undergird much of the EU’s sanctions policy.
Skepticism about comedy, which dates at least to Plato, is older than the romanticized view that prevails today, undergirding both the comics who champion it as well as critics who suggests the best jokes punch upward and are rooted in truth.
Attempts to avoid production of this housing, intentionally or practically, run counter to the intent of the policy undergirding the law.
But the United States has a much stronger institutional architecture undergirding its democracy.
This is an idea that could help to reflect the importance of intellectual property in today’s high-tech, research-heavy world, while also taking care not to disrupt the supply chains that undergird our industries.
In seven of the 46 studies that undergirded the analysis, researchers measured differences in calorie burning by men and women who stood rather than sat.
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Did You Know?
The English verb gird means, among other things, "to encircle or bind with a flexible band." When undergird first entered English in the 16th century it meant "to make secure underneath," as by passing a rope or chain underneath something (such as a ship). That literal sense has long since fallen out of use, but in the 19th century undergird picked up the figurative "strengthen" or "support" sense that we still use. Gird and consequently undergird both derive from the Old English geard, meaning "enclosure" or "yard." Gird also gives us girder, a noun referring to a horizontal piece supporting a structure.
UNDERGIRD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of undergird for English Language Learners
: to strengthen or support (something) from below
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