un·​der·​pin | \ ˌən-dər-ˈpin How to pronounce underpin (audio) \
underpinned; underpinning; underpins

Definition of underpin

transitive verb

1 : support, substantiate underpin a thesis with evidence
2 : to form part of, strengthen, or replace the foundation of underpin a structure underpin a sagging building

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Examples of underpin in a Sentence

a wall underpinned by metal beams the central beliefs that underpin a free society
Recent Examples on the Web Avaloq provides software for financial institutions that helps underpin digital banking and wealth management platforms. Myriam Balezou, Bloomberg.com, "ION, NEC Said to Compete for Stake in Swiss Tech Firm Avaloq," 4 Sep. 2020 The entire digital ecosystem relies so heavily on reliable, affordable electricity, from home internet connections to the base stations that underpin cellular networks to the data centers that store the internet’s content. Rose Mutiso, Scientific American, "Why Hasn’t Africa Gone Digital?," 11 Aug. 2020 International banks, which underpin the city’s status as a finance center and gateway to China, have become skittish of the law and of getting caught between Washington and Beijing. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "Beijing’s Doublespeak in Hong Kong," 10 Aug. 2020 There was no specific research on famotidine’s coronavirus-fighting potential to underpin a clinical trial involving hundreds of COVID-19 patients. Jason Dearen, The Denver Post, "Pepcid as a COVID remedy? Trump administration’s $21 million gamble fizzles," 23 July 2020 Any of those stressors may underpin a case chronic of chronic insomnia, but there’s normally more involved, Dr. Malow says. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "What Is Insomnia? Everything You Need to Know About the Common Sleep Disorder," 29 July 2020 As investors cheered on Uber's agreement to buy Postmates for $2.65 billion on Monday, another crowd reacted differently: the gig workers who underpin the ride-hailing and food-delivery business. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Gig workers sound off on the Uber-Postmates deal: ‘It’s like an embezzler buying a bank’," 7 July 2020 Together these financing solutions underpin four-fifths of cross-border transactions, which are worth $15trn a year. The Economist, "Collateral damage Trade finance stumbles into the digital era," 4 July 2020 Instead of seeking a state, these campaigners highlight the values that must underpin any progress toward Palestinian self-determination, whatever form that might take: freedom, justice, and equality. Tareq Baconi, The New York Review of Books, "Israel’s Annexation Plan, a New Era in Palestinian Resistance," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of underpin

1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Underpin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpin. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of underpin

: to strengthen or support (something) from below

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