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"
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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
un′dėr, prep. in a lower position than: beneath: below: less than, falling short of: in subjection, subordination, oppression, liability, &c.: during the time of: undergoing: in accordance with: in, in course of.—adv. in a lower degree or condition: in subjection: below: less.—adj. lower in position, rank, or degree: subject: subordinate.—Under arms, in readiness to use arms or weapons; Under fire, exposed to the fire or shot of any enemy; Under one's hand (see Hand); Under one's nose, under one's close observation; Under sail, moved by sails: in motion; Under the breath, with low voice, very softly; Under the lee, to the leeward; Under the rose (see Rose); Under water, below the surface of the water; Under way, moving: having commenced a voyage. [A.S. under; Goth. undar, Ice. undir, Ger. unter, L. inter.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A preposition of varied military application, in combination with other words. Thus troops are said to be under arms, when assembled in a state of military array, and having the necessary weapons of offense and defense, as rifles, swords, etc. To be under command is being liable to be ordered on any particular duty. To be under cover is to be shielded or protected. To be under contribution is being liable to give, in money or kind, what may be authoritatively called for. Countries are sometimes put under contribution for the support of an army. To be under fire or be cool is not being disconcerted by the apprehension of death in battle. To be under sentence is the liability to punishment, according to sentence passed; as, under the sentence of a general court-martial; under sentence of death.
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
The numerical value of under in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of under in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of under in a Sentence
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Translations for under
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- sotaCatalan, Valencian
- tan, danWelsh
- als, weniger, unterGerman
- bajo, debajoSpanish
- alla, vähemmän kuin, alle, alamainen, alempana, alapuolella, huonomminFinnish
- dessous, moins de, sous, moinsFrench
- foScottish Gaelic
- ներքո, տակ, ներքևումArmenian
- 下, したJapanese
- 아래에, 아래, 아래에서Korean
- под, помалку одMacedonian
- poniżej, pod, [[mniej]] [[niż]]Polish
- sob, [[embaixo]] [[de]], [[menos]] [[que]]/[[de]]Portuguese
- suot, sot, sutRomansh
- под, ниже, меньшеRussian
- pod, подSerbo-Croatian
- under, nedanför, nedan förSwedish
- ใต้, ภายใต้Thai
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