underwater

adjective
un·​der·​wa·​ter | \ ˌən-dər-ˈwȯ-tər How to pronounce underwater (audio) , -ˈwä-\

Definition of underwater

1 : lying, growing, worn, performed, or operating below the surface of the water underwater plants
2 : being below the waterline of a ship
3a : having, relating to, or being a mortgage loan for which more is owed than the property securing the loan is worth
b : having, relating to, or being a stock option for which the price of the option is higher than the current market value of the stock

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underwater adverb

Synonyms for underwater

Synonyms

aquatic, submarine, submerged, sunken

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Examples of underwater in a Sentence

underwater plants don't require as much light to grow as surface plants a vessel designed for underwater exploration

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The frigate spent more than three months underwater in corrosive salt water before finally being raised in early March. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Norway’s Ruined Frigate Is Afloat Again and It Doesn't Look Good," 15 Apr. 2019 Dunk those suckers in and keep fully underwater for a max of 30 minutes. Rachel Bogo, Seventeen, "Here's How To Shrink Jeans for the Perfect Fit," 5 Apr. 2019 Satellite images released Tuesday by the European Union earth observation program Copernicus showed some 492 square kilometers underwater in Mozambique, and the Red Cross estimated that some 400,000 of Beira’s residents were now homeless. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Cyclone Shows Climate Change’s Deadly Impact on Poor Urbanizing Nations," 19 Mar. 2019 The Houston artist that loves to share the beauty of the underwater world now has her work prominently displayed on a billboard near The Galleria. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Heights artist’s work featured on billboard," 12 June 2018 From hiking to rowing to, hell, underwater rock running, there are so many possibilities out there. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "9 Small but Impactful Health Habits to Lock Down in Your 20s," 19 Apr. 2019 As Zula reports, UStar has partnered with Disney to release a four-piece makeup line themed around our favorite underwater fairytale. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Disney Finally Launched a Little Mermaid Makeup Collection — But There's a Catch," 17 Apr. 2019 Carmichael lowered us over the side of an underwater cliff. David Keyton, The Seattle Times, "Off the Seychelles, a dive into a never-seen landscape," 13 Apr. 2019 Yet the lyrics feel deeper than that—how fish are powerful in their plainness and able to swim underwater, where a person in a boat would be caught in the undertow. Vogue, "Meet Alyona Alyona, Ukraine’s Most Unlikely Rap Star," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of underwater

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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underwater

adjective

Financial Definition of underwater

What It Is

In the real estate world, underwater means that a property is worth less than what is owed on it.

How It Works

For example, let's say John Doe buys a house for $500,000. He makes a down payment on the house and borrows $400,000 to pay for the rest. Two years later, John loses his job and has to sell the house and move. However, the housing market has slipped in his town, and the house is only worth $300,000 right now. John owes $395,000 on the loan. He is underwater.

Even if he sells the house for $300,000, he would pay off only $300,000 of the loan and would still owe $95,000. Accordingly, if John were to sell the house for $300,000, he would need the bank to agree to write off the remaining $95,000. Thus, if John finds a buyer at $300,000, his lender would need to approve the sale and could even halt the sale if it believes that the house can be sold for more than $300,000. Every dollar below $395,000 is money lost to the lender.

Why It Matters

If a homeowner has to move right away, underwater mortgages can lead to short sales, which can be long and arduous. This is primarily because extra lenders are involved, and the bureaucracy of approving and processing a sale can scare off potential buyers who want to close on a house purchase quickly. However, buyers (that is, people who might want to buy John Doe's $300,000 house, in our example) can often get good deals on homes that have underwater mortgages, because lenders do not want to be in the business of owning real estate, want to be repaid as quickly as possible, and in our case, would rather have $300,000 than foreclose on the house.

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underwater

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of underwater

: located, used, done, or happening below the surface of water

underwater

adjective
un·​der·​wa·​ter | \ ˈən-dər-ˈwȯ-tər How to pronounce underwater (audio) , -ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of underwater

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: lying, growing, worn, performed, or operating below the surface of the water an underwater cave underwater somersaults

underwater

adverb
un·​der·​wa·​ter | \ ˌən-dər-ˈwȯ-tər How to pronounce underwater (audio) , -ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of underwater (Entry 2 of 2)

: under the surface of the water I like to swim underwater.

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underwater

adjective
un·​der·​wa·​ter

Legal Definition of underwater

1 : owing more on a mortgage loan than the property securing the loan is worth underwater homeowners
2 : being or relating to a mortgage loan in which more is owed than the property securing the loan is worth underwater mortgages underwater properties

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