Definition of underlying
- the underlying rock is shale
- underlying mortgage
- underlying word order
the ocean and the underlying rock
the underlying differences between democracy and dictatorship
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'underlying.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
What made you want to look up underlying? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).