What does underpin mean?

Definitions for underpinˌʌn dərˈpɪn

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. underpin(verb)

    support from beneath

  2. corroborate, underpin, bear out, support(verb)

    support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm

    "The stories and claims were born out by the evidence"


  1. underpin(Verb)

    To support from below with props or masonry.

    You should underpin the mine roof to prevent further collapse.

  2. underpin(Verb)

    To give support to; to corroborate.

    Public confidence in politicians must underpin our democracy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Underpin(verb)

    to lay stones, masonry, etc., under, as the sills of a building, on which it is to rest

  2. Underpin(verb)

    to support by some solid foundation; to place something underneath for support

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Underpin

    un-dėr-pin′, v.t. to pin or support underneath: to support or prop: to lay stones under, as the sills of a building, for it to rest on.—n. Un′derpinning, the act of underpinning or supporting by introducing a new structure as foundation, the act or practice of placing stones under the sills of a building: the stones so placed, an additional foundation wall: a method of well-sinking where a wall is laid in sections.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of underpin in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of underpin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jonathan Barratt:

    Data from China should underpin a move to crude.

  2. Richard Aboulafia:

    It's a great business for them to own. In addition to the F-35 and the C-130J, Sikorsky is another great brand for them to underpin their defense strategy.

  3. Chairman Michel Demare:

    The board and management are determined to accelerate shareholder value creation and our actions today underpin our commitment to do so. Our commitment is also shown by the significant capital return program that we announced today.

  4. Michael Hewson:

    Continued expectation of easier central bank policy has helped underpin equity markets after a turbulent few months, investors are veering between confidence that the U.S. economy is still performing well enough to withstand a rate rise, to an expectation that if it's not, the Fed will remain on hold.

  5. Adam McKay:

    What it really shows you is that these banks are built to make profits ... And much like a shark, they're gonna always swim towards where the injured fish is and we just have to be aware of that, until we change the laws that underpin these banks and corporate structures, nothing's gonna change ... I wanted people to be a little angry, a little worried, and just to kind of give everyone a heads up like, this is still in play, this isn't just something that ends and you move on.

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  • podepřítCzech
  • unterstützen, untermauern, stützenGerman
  • respaldar, sustentar, apuntalarSpanish
  • pönkittää, tukeaFinnish
  • sorreggere, sostenereItalian
  • schragen, ondersteunen, dragen, funderenDutch
  • podtrzymywaćPolish
  • укреплять, поддерживать, усиливатьRussian
  • stödja, stöttaSwedish

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