Definition of underlie
underlayplay play \ˌən-dər-ˈlā\;
Examples of underlie in a Sentence
A tile floor underlies the rug.
The river is underlain by limestone.
We discussed the principles that underlay their methods.
A theme of revenge underlies much of her writing.
Recent Examples of underlie from the Web
Experts said Cazes appears to have been caught out by mistakes rather than a weakness in the underlying security technology AlphaBay used.
The regulations underlying Trump’s new policy are still being written.
What happens, though, if there are underlying issues causing the fracture?
Even in their own time, the Enlightenment principles underlying the Declaration helped inspire the First Emancipation – the abolition of slavery in the northern states, which came about in the decades immediately following the Revolution.
No shock, just a sense of underlying anger, David recalled.
Parent advocates have said a key problem underlying the custody issue is that DCF's in-home treatment services are often not sufficient to help severely troubled children.
The Paulson funds can’t vote or trade the shares underlying the swaps.
The good news is that while there are many possible explanations for teens experiencing heavy periods, there are also treatments available to manage and underlying bleeding disorder.
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First Known Use of underlie
before 12th century
UNDERLIE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of underlie for English Language Learners
: to lie or be located under (something)
: to form the basis or foundation of (an idea, a process, etc.)
UNDERLIE Defined for Kids
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