underpin

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verb un·der·pin \ˌən-dər-ˈpin\

Definition of underpin

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  support, substantiate underpin a thesis with evidence

  3. 2 :  to form part of, strengthen, or replace the foundation of underpin a structure underpin a sagging building

Examples of underpin in a Sentence

  1. a wall underpinned by metal beams

  2. the central beliefs that underpin a free society

1522

First Known Use of underpin

1522


UNDERPIN Defined for English Language Learners

underpin

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verb un·der·pin \ˌən-dər-ˈpin\

Definition of underpin for English Language Learners

  • : to strengthen or support (something) from below



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