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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
Among the biggest market forces undergirding the high-profile opposition to Trump’s climate policies is the recent embrace of clean energy.
The philosophy undergirding the speech, administration officials said, is that melding public and private forces to rebuild the nation’s physical backbone will vastly expand the resources available to pay for doing it.
Trump’s rationale for leaving the Paris Agreement was nonsense, a series of lies shot through with paeans to a dying coal industry and undergirded by a paranoid zero-sum approach to international relations.
Such public questioning of the values that undergird the current American presidency is another reason why the tensions between the US and Europe in 2017 and 2003 are not exact.
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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.
First Known Use of undergird
UNDERGIRD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of undergird for English Language Learners
: to strengthen or support (something) from below
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