underneath

preposition
un·​der·​neath | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnēth How to pronounce underneath (audio) \

Definition of underneath

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : directly beneath write the date underneath the address
b : close under especially so as to be hidden treachery lying underneath a mask of friendliness wore a swimsuit underneath his slacks
2 : under subjection to

underneath

adverb

Definition of underneath (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : under or below an object or a surface : beneath
2 : on the lower side

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Adverb

underneath adjective

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Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of underneath in a Sentence

Preposition He hid the envelope underneath his coat. She slipped a note underneath the door. The ball rolled underneath the car. He lives in the apartment underneath mine. There was gum stuck underneath the table. Underneath her calm exterior was a nervous woman with a hot temper. They actually had a lot in common underneath their obvious differences. Adverb He wore a white sweater with a red shirt underneath. She lifted up the rock and found ants crawling underneath. The car had rust underneath.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition But underneath the gloss is the work that public health professionals -- at the local, state, and international levels -- do so well. Kent Sepkowitz, CNN, 1 June 2021 On the surface, things could not be better for Apple right now but underneath storms are brewing. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 22 May 2021 But underneath that is a complex mechanism powering a crucial aspect of all ETFs known as the share-creation and redemption process. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, 20 May 2021 This option from Perky-Pet hangs right underneath your hummingbird feeder and uses permethrin to keep those bugs at bay. Kelsey Mulvey, Southern Living, 19 May 2021 Images of a house floating above ground with what appear to be balloon-like structures underneath started spreading across social media in April, despite not being an accurate portrayal of the technology.picture. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 12 May 2021 As the living room carpet was removed, laminate hardwood was revealed underneath. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 7 May 2021 Eight of these sleek, lightweight pieces are on the walls of the American Poetry Museum, underneath two all-metal mobiles that hang inconspicuously from the ceiling. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 The organic cotton cover creates a soft, breathable surface while the natural wool underneath provides temperature regulation to prevent overheating. Jennifer Walker-journey, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb When each slice is golden brown underneath, turn it over and cook the other side. sun-sentinel.com, 6 May 2021 The wood and carbon fiber slats can be tilted 90 degrees to allow in light and reveal a glimpse of the tunnels underneath. NBC News, 4 May 2021 Swapping messages with matches makes the jigsaw pieces fall away to reveal the face underneath. Mark Travers, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 And underneath, there's the hum of traffic, always there, like the ocean that lives in seashells, like the cosmic whoosh of the expanding universe. Ew Staff, EW.com, 5 May 2021 Campbell has the movement skills to mirror receivers underneath, and the long frame and arms needed to challenge passes. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 30 Apr. 2021 Except there's an additional foundation underneath, a sensor, and an air compressor. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 12 May 2021 If possible, pull the shelving unit away from the wall and vacuum underneath, too. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 May 2021 This has loosened one of the stones directly underneath. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of underneath

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for underneath

Preposition

Middle English undernethe, preposition & adverb, from Old English underneothan, from under + neothan below — more at beneath

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The first known use of underneath was before the 12th century

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6 Jun 2021

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“Underneath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underneath. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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underneath

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of underneath

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: below or beneath (something)
: on the bottom of (something)
: hidden below (an outward appearance)

underneath

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of underneath (Entry 2 of 2)

: below or beneath
: on the lower side

underneath

preposition
un·​der·​neath | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnēth How to pronounce underneath (audio) \

Kids Definition of underneath

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: directly under We wore our bathing suits underneath our clothes.

underneath

adverb

Kids Definition of underneath (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : below a surface or object : beneath She lifted the log and found ants crawling underneath.
2 : on the lower side The pot was scorched underneath.

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