Definitions for underlieˌʌn dərˈlaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•der•lieˌʌn dərˈlaɪ(v.t.)-lay, -lain, -ly•ing.

  1. to lie under or beneath.

  2. to form the foundation of.

Origin of underlie:

bef. 900

Princeton's WordNet

  1. underlie(verb)

    be or form the base for

  2. underlie(verb)

    lie underneath

Wiktionary

  1. underlie(Verb)

    To lie in a position directly beneath.

  2. underlie(Verb)

    To lie under or beneath.

  3. underlie(Verb)

    To serve as a basis of; form the foundation of.

  4. underlie(Verb)

    To be subject to; be liable to answer, as a charge or challenge.

  5. underlie(Verb)

    To underlay.

  6. Origin: From underliggen, from underlicgan, equivalent to . Cognate with onderliggen, unterliegen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Underlie(verb)

    to lie under; to rest beneath; to be situated under; as, a stratum of clay underlies the surface gravel

  2. Underlie(verb)

    to be at the basis of; to form the foundation of; to support; as, a doctrine underlying a theory

  3. Underlie(verb)

    to be subject or amenable to

  4. Underlie(verb)

    to lie below or under

  5. Underlie(noun)

    see Underlay, n., 1

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