What does underlie mean?

Definitions for underlieˌʌn dərˈlaɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word underlie.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. underlie(verb)

    be or form the base for

  2. underlie(verb)

    lie underneath


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Underlie

    un-dėr-lī′, v.t. to lie under or beneath: to be liable to.—adj. Underly′ing, lying under or lower in position: supporting, fundamental.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of underlie in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of underlie in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Images & Illustrations of underlie

  1. underlieunderlieunderlie

Translations for underlie

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for underlie »


Find a translation for the underlie definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these underlie definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"underlie." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 14 Dec. 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/underlie>.

Are we missing a good definition for underlie? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for underlie:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.