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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Other Words from underneath

Adverb

underneath adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for underneath

Synonyms: Adverb

below, beneath, under

Antonyms: Adverb

up

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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

Central air conditioners produce so much condensate that the cold part of the system (known as the indoor coil, the evaporator coil, or the A coil for its shape) has a large pan underneath it. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The DIY Guide To Fixing Your Leaky Air Conditioner," 15 Mar. 2019 There’s always a sense that the body is underneath it. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Symonds Pearmain Just Emerged As the Latest Label to Know From London," 16 Feb. 2019 As the girl turns, the leaves on the ground begin to move, eventually sending a man hidden underneath them into the air. Alexis Jones, Harper's BAZAAR, "Frozen 2: Everything You Need to Know," 14 Feb. 2019 The Chang’e-4 rover will be carrying ground-penetrating radar to figure out what the structure of the Moon is like underneath the surface of the basin, which could tell us more about how this area formed. Loren Grush, The Verge, "This weekend, China embarks on a historic mission to land on the far side of the Moon," 6 Dec. 2018 Recently, Tesla expanded its production facilities to an assembly line underneath a temporary tent-like structure—an unprecedented move in the auto manufacturing industry. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "After subpoenaing Apple in trade secrets case, Tesla goes after Facebook," 27 June 2018 Problems inside Tesla’s auto assembly plant in Fremont are so severe that the company has installed a third assembly line underneath a temporary tent-like structure. Russ Mitchell, latimes.com, "How Tesla uses cash from Nevada casinos to boost its bottom line," 24 June 2018 Zembo and co-caretaker Shane Doyle will lead the free tours of the tunnels underneath the landmark structure on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors must be in line by 5 p.m. to get in before closing. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument provides tours of tunnels with new guide," 16 Apr. 2018 Based on photos from an earlier, private meeting today, Duchess Kate is wearing a deep blue shift dress underneath her pastel coat. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Blue Mulberry Cape Coat in Ballymena, Northern Ireland," 28 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

There is no danger to anyone underneath and the drone is captured intact for forensic analysis. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Are Airports Going to Do About Drones?," 9 Jan. 2019 Gently stretch the dough to the edge of the sheet by placing your hands underneath and pulling outward. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Samin Nosrat Wants Viewers to Cook What They See on Her New Netflix Show, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," 19 Oct. 2018 The loop requires rerouting the plug’s internal wiring; in Australia, where the loop is oriented vertically, the wires could all be routed underneath. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Best, Simplest Innovation in Wired Power Comes from 1980s Australia," 16 Jan. 2019 When the lipstick on top wears off, the color underneath — instead of your actual lip — will come through. Kat Suico, Allure, "The 25 Best Lipstick Tips and Tricks We’ve Ever Heard from Professional Makeup Artists," 14 Aug. 2018 Even if the animals dug through the snow, there was no grass underneath. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 2018 Follow-up experiments, like NASA’s GRACE mission, can provide even more detail about the land underneath Antarctica, and help scientists paint an even clearer picture of what lies underneath all that ice. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Long-Lost Continents Under Antarctica Revealed in Old Satellite Data," 8 Nov. 2018 Paul will swoop underneath to draw a cheap foul and move one step closer to the bonus. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "Former Clipper Chris Paul's plan has so far worked out in Houston," 14 May 2018 Some wore tennis shoes and jeans underneath and lugged backpacks and handbags. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "The Keys to the Kingdom: Saudi Women Learn to Drive," 5 Mar. 2018

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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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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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