Definitions for underˈʌn dər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•derˈʌn dər(prep.)

  1. beneath and covered by:

    under a tree.

  2. below the surface of:

    under water.

  3. at a point lower than:

    a bump just under his eye.

  4. in the position of sustaining, enduring, etc.:

    to sink under a heavy load.

  5. beneath the cover or disguise of:

    registered under a pseudonym.

  6. beneath the heading of:

    Classify the books under “Fiction.”

  7. below in degree, amount, etc.; less than:

    purchased under cost.

  8. below in rank.

  9. subject to the authority or influence of:

    a bureau under the president.

  10. in accordance with:

    under the provisions of the law.

  11. during the administration or reign of:

    laws passed under President Lincoln.

  12. in the state or process of:

    under construction.

  13. (adv.)below or beneath something:

    Go over the fence, not under.

  14. beneath the surface.

  15. in a lower degree, amount, etc.:

    shirts for $25 and under.

  16. in a subordinate position or condition.

  17. go under, to give in; succumb. to fail in business.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  18. (adj.)located beneath or on the underside.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  19. lower in position.

  20. lower in degree, amount, rank, etc.

  21. subject to the control, effect, etc., as of a person, drug, or force:

    I was under throughout the surgery.

Origin of under:

bef. 900; ME, OE < L inferus located below


  1. a prefixal use of under , as to indicate place or situation below or beneath (underbrush; undertow); lower in grade or dignity (undersheriff; understudy); of lesser degree, extent, or amount (undersized); or insufficiency (underfeed).

    Category: Affix

Origin of under-:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. nether, under(adj)

    located below or beneath something else

    "nether garments"; "the under parts of a machine"

  2. under(a)(adverb)

    lower in rank, power, or authority

    "an under secretary"

  3. under(adverb)

    down to defeat, death, or ruin

    "their competitors went under"

  4. under(adverb)

    through a range downward

    "children six and under will be admitted free"

  5. under(adverb)

    into unconsciousness

    "this will put the patient under"

  6. under(adverb)

    in or into a state of subordination or subjugation

    "we must keep our disappointment under"

  7. under(adverb)

    below some quantity or limit

    "fifty dollars or under"

  8. under(adverb)

    below the horizon

    "the sun went under"

  9. under(adverb)

    down below

    "get under quickly!"

  10. under, below(adverb)

    further down

    "see under for further discussion"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. under(preposition)ˈʌn dər

    in or to a position below sth

    The cat is under the bed.; oil reserves under the ocean

  2. underˈʌn dər

    below the surface of a liquid

    He dived under the water.

  3. underˈʌn dər

    less or younger than

    She ran the course in under 10 minutes.; prices under $2; children under six

  4. underˈʌn dər

    experiencing or being affected by

    The matter is under investigation.; students under a lot of pressure/stress; a city under attack

  5. underˈʌn dər

    indicates the law or rule that governs sth

    Under the new law, oil companies would be taxed more heavily.; The region was divided up under the treaty.

  6. underˈʌn dər

    indicates the person or group who controls sth

    a restaurant under new management; The country flourished under its new government.

  7. underˈʌn dər

    indicates where sth can be found in a particular system

    You'll find it under 'C' for "committees."

  8. under(adverb)ˈʌn dər

    lower or younger

    kids who are six and under; no tax on items priced at $3 and under

  9. underˈʌn dər

    below the surface of a liquid

    She dived in and stayed under for a long time.


  1. under(Adverb)

    In a way lower or less than

  2. under(Adverb)

    In a way inferior to

  3. under(Adjective)

    Being lower; being beneath something.

  4. under(Preposition)

    In a lower level than.

  5. under(Preposition)

    As a subject of

    He served in World War II under General Omar Bradley.

  6. under(Preposition)

    Less than

  7. under(Preposition)

    Below the surface of

  8. Origin: From under.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Under

    below or lower, in place or position, with the idea of being covered; lower than; beneath; -- opposed to over; as, he stood under a tree; the carriage is under cover; a cellar extends under the whole house

  2. Under

    denoting relation to some thing or person that is superior, weighs upon, oppresses, bows down, governs, directs, influences powerfully, or the like, in a relation of subjection, subordination, obligation, liability, or the like; as, to travel under a heavy load; to live under extreme oppression; to have fortitude under the evils of life; to have patience under pain, or under misfortunes; to behave like a Christian under reproaches and injuries; under the pains and penalties of the law; the condition under which one enters upon an office; under the necessity of obeying the laws; under vows of chastity

  3. Under

    denoting relation to something that exceeds in rank or degree, in number, size, weight, age, or the like; in a relation of the less to the greater, of inferiority, or of falling short

  4. Under

    denoting relation to something that comprehends or includes, that represents or designates, that furnishes a cover, pretext, pretense, or the like; as, he betrayed him under the guise of friendship; Morpheus is represented under the figure of a boy asleep

  5. Under

    less specifically, denoting the relation of being subject, of undergoing regard, treatment, or the like; as, a bill under discussion

  6. Under(adverb)

    in a lower, subject, or subordinate condition; in subjection; -- used chiefly in a few idiomatic phrases; as, to bring under, to reduce to subjection; to subdue; to keep under, to keep in subjection; to control; to go under, to be unsuccessful; to fail

  7. Under(adj)

    lower in position, intensity, rank, or degree; subject; subordinate; -- generally in composition with a noun, and written with or without the hyphen; as, an undercurrent; undertone; underdose; under-garment; underofficer; undersheriff

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'under' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #140

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'under' in Written Corpus Frequency: #392

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'under' in Adverbs Frequency: #161

Translations for under

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


in or to a position lower than, or covered by

Your pencil is under the chair; Strange plants grow under the sea.

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