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underlie definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: be or form the base for
2: lie underneath

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (underlay; underlain; underlying) Date: before 12th century 1. archaic to be subject or amenable to 2. to lie or be situated under 3. to be at the basis of ; form the foundation of ; support <ideas underlying the revolution> 4. to exist as a claim or security superior and prior to (another)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. (-lying; past -lay; past part. -lain) 1 (also absol.) lie or be situated under (a stratum etc.). 2 (also absol.) (esp. as underlying adj.) (of a principle, reason, etc.) be the basis of (a doctrine, law, conduct, etc.). 3 exist beneath the superficial aspect of. Etymology: OE underlicgan (as UNDER-, LIE(1))

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Underlie Un`der*lie", v. t. [AS. underlicgan. See Under, and Lie to be prostrate.] 1. To lie under; to rest beneath; to be situated under; as, a stratum of clay underlies the surface gravel. 2. To be at the basis of; to form the foundation of; to support; as, a doctrine underlying a theory. 3. To be subject or amenable to. [R.] The knight of Ivanhoe . . . underlies the challenge of Brian der Bois Guilbert. --Sir W. Scott.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Underlay Un"der*lay`, n. 1. (Mining) The inclination of a vein, fault, or lode from the vertical; a hade; -- called also underlie. 2. (Print.) A thickness of paper, pasteboard, or the like, placed under a cut, or stereotype plate, or under type, in the from, to bring it, or any part of it, to the proper height; also, something placed back of a part of the tympan, so as to secure the right impression.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Underlie Un`der*lie", v. i. To lie below or under.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Underlie Un"der*lie`, n. See Underlay, n., 1.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(underlies, underlying, underlay, underlain) If something underlies a feeling or situation, it is the cause or basis of it. Try to figure out what feeling underlies your anger. VERB: V n see also underlying

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Lie under, rest beneath, be situated under. 2. Support, be at the basis of.

Moby Thesaurus

afford support, back, back up, be latent, bear, bear up, bed on, bolster, bolster up, bottom on, brace, build on, buoy up, buttress, carry, couch, cradle, crawl, crouch, crutch, cushion, escape notice, found on, give support, ground on, grovel, hibernate, hold, hold up, hug the earth, keep afloat, keep up, lend support, lie beneath, lie dormant, lie hid, lie low, lie prone, lie prostrate, lie under, lurk, mainstay, maintain, make no sign, pillow, prop, reinforce, set on, shore, shore up, shoulder, smolder, squat, stay, subsidize, subvention, support, sustain, underbrace, undergird, underpin, underset, upbear, uphold, upkeep

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