Definitions for underˈʌn dər
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word under
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
beneath and covered by:
under a tree.
below the surface of:
at a point lower than:
a bump just under his eye.
in the position of sustaining, enduring, etc.:
to sink under a heavy load.
beneath the cover or disguise of:
registered under a pseudonym.
beneath the heading of:
Classify the books under “Fiction.”
below in degree, amount, etc.; less than:
purchased under cost.
below in rank.
subject to the authority or influence of:
a bureau under the president.
in accordance with:
under the provisions of the law.
during the administration or reign of:
laws passed under President Lincoln.
in the state or process of:
(adv.)below or beneath something:
Go over the fence, not under.
beneath the surface.
in a lower degree, amount, etc.:
shirts for $25 and under.
in a subordinate position or condition.
go under, to give in; succumb. to fail in business.
Category: Verb Phrase
(adj.)located beneath or on the underside.
Category: Common Vocabulary
lower in position.
lower in degree, amount, rank, etc.
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
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).
Origin of under-:
located below or beneath something else
"nether garments"; "the under parts of a machine"
lower in rank, power, or authority
"an under secretary"
down to defeat, death, or ruin
"their competitors went under"
through a range downward
"children six and under will be admitted free"
"this will put the patient under"
in or into a state of subordination or subjugation
"we must keep our disappointment under"
below some quantity or limit
"fifty dollars or under"
below the horizon
"the sun went under"
"get under quickly!"
"see under for further discussion"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
in or to a position below sth
The cat is under the bed.; oil reserves under the ocean
below the surface of a liquid
He dived under the water.
less or younger than
She ran the course in under 10 minutes.; prices under $2; children under six
experiencing or being affected by
The matter is under investigation.; students under a lot of pressure/stress; a city under attack
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.
indicates the person or group who controls sth
a restaurant under new management; The country flourished under its new government.
indicates where sth can be found in a particular system
You'll find it under 'C' for "committees."
lower or younger
kids who are six and under; no tax on items priced at $3 and under
below the surface of a liquid
She dived in and stayed under for a long time.
In a way lower or less than
In a way inferior to
Being lower; being beneath something.
In a lower level than.
As a subject of
He served in World War II under General Omar Bradley.
Below the surface of
Origin: From 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
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
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
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
less specifically, denoting the relation of being subject, of undergoing regard, treatment, or the like; as, a bill under discussion
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
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'under' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #140
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'under' in Written Corpus Frequency: #392
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.
- debaixo dePortuguese (BR)
- κάτω απόGreek
- debajo, bajoSpanish
- all, allaEstonian
- sous, au-dessous (de)French
- מִתַחַת לְ-Hebrew
- di bawahIndonesian
- (위치) …의 (바로) 밑에Korean
- di bawahMalay
- debaixo dePortuguese
- sub, dedesubtulRomanian
- под; на (дне)Russian
- (位置)在...之下Chinese (Trad.)
- dưới, ở dướiVietnamese
- （位置）在...之下Chinese (Simp.)
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