underlying

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adjective un·der·ly·ing \ˌən-dər-ˈlī-iŋ\

Definition of underlying

  1. 1 a :  lying beneath or below <the underlying rock is shale> b :  basic, fundamental <an investigation of the underlying issues>

  2. 2 :  evident only on close inspection :  implicit

  3. 3 :  anterior and prior in claim <underlying mortgage>

  4. 4 :  of or being present in deep structure <underlying word order>

Examples of underlying in a sentence

  1. the ocean and the underlying rock

  2. <the underlying differences between democracy and dictatorship>

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First Known Use of underlying

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UNDERLYING Defined for English Language Learners

underlying

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adjective un·der·ly·ing \ˌən-dər-ˈlī-iŋ\

Definition of underlying for English Language Learners

  • —used to identify the idea, cause, problem, etc., that forms the basis of something

  • : lying under or below something


Medical Dictionary

underlying

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adjective un·der·ly·ing \-ˌlī-iŋ\

Medical Definition of underlying

  1. :  serving as a basis or cause (as of secondary symptoms) <the underlying brain malformation that caused the hydrocephalus—R. M. Henig>



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