underneath

preposition
un·​der·​neath | \ˌən-dər-ˈnēth \

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

Just make sure to wear padded clothing, like sweatpants or jeans, underneath to protect from sharp edges. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Halloween Costumes From the PM Archives," 11 Oct. 2018 Also consider placing a platform underneath to catch spilled feed. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The deer population is overwhelming Lake Country. Here are some ways you can keep them away.," 12 July 2018 Traffic got backed up for miles on State Route 110 as firefighters placed inflatables underneath the man and extended ladders to him. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Man's bizarre 'rap video' antics snarl traffic in Los Angeles for miles," 28 June 2018 Officers responded to reports of a body in the bayou, near the 1000 block of Commerce around 7:30 p.m. First responders found the body underneath the Fannin Street bridge, police said Monday. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police seek answers on body found in Buffalo Bayou," 25 June 2018 Jake Melder, a spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department, said this did not occur and ITD deemed it safe to reopen I-84 underneath the bridge. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "How a 20-minute fire in the fatal I-84 crash ruined a concrete overpass," 22 June 2018 Simply place your hands on the floor directly underneath your shoulders, put the tops of your feet into the straps, and get ready for a core upgrade. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "How Jennifer Lopez's Trainer, David Kirsch, Uses the TRX to Build Core Strength," 27 Apr. 2018 Peanut butter, if used, should be placed underneath the bait. Michael Harrelson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Keep it clean to spare citrus from rats," 12 Apr. 2018 When a park goer places his hands underneath a dispenser, the machine will automatically release a dollop of Bright Guard 30 SPF sunscreen. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Health to install free sunscreen dispensers at Seminole parks," 23 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

While all that work is being done above ground, the key to the project lies underneath. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Salmon from sunny South Florida? Norwegian firm builds Florida farm for cold-water fish," 11 Apr. 2018 But underneath all of that clutter, the franchise is setting an example for how to include the LGBTQ+ in the broader hip-hop and pop culture landscape. refinery29.com, "The Evolution Of LGBTQ+ Representation On This Black Reality Show," 11 June 2018 When officers arrived at the private parking lot at 547 Route 28 just before 10:30 a.m., some bystanders had lifted the car — a Toyota Camry — and pulled the man out from underneath, said Harwich Police Lieutenant Kevin Considine. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Harwich man working underneath car crushed when jack failed," 8 June 2018 The strong shaking can cause objects to move around and reduce buildings to rubble, trapping people underneath. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Hawaii residents on Big Island under threat of lava, earthquakes and gas," 5 May 2018 The little crispy pieces of batter that break off and collect underneath serve as their own unique treat. Jeff Martin, Bon Appetit, "White River Fish Market Is a Feast of Fresh Seafood in a Landlocked State," 6 June 2018 The welcome mat was yanked from underneath plenty of feet in high heels Grammy night. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Growing chorus of women call on Grammy president to step down," 1 Feb. 2018 For the material in the sun, do the surface and the layer underneath feel similar or is one warmer? Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Warm in the Sun," 12 July 2018 Whereas giving and taking are your values or motives underneath. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Professor, psychologist and author Adam Grant on Recode Decode," 5 July 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 \

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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