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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-:



  1. under-(Prefix)

    Under (in any sense): insufficient, insufficiently, below what is correct; subordinate to; beneath or behind.

  2. Origin: From under, from nter-, akin to under "between, among, in the presence of", untar "between, among", Latin inter "between, among". More at inter-.

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beneath, as in underline .

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