What does under mean?

Definitions for under
ˈʌn dərun·der

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nether, under(adj)

    located below or beneath something else

    "nether garments"; "the under parts of a machine"

  2. under(a)(adverb)

    lower in rank, power, or authority

    "an under secretary"

  3. under(adverb)

    down to defeat, death, or ruin

    "their competitors went under"

  4. under(adverb)

    through a range downward

    "children six and under will be admitted free"

  5. under(adverb)

    into unconsciousness

    "this will put the patient under"

  6. under(adverb)

    in or into a state of subordination or subjugation

    "we must keep our disappointment under"

  7. under(adverb)

    below some quantity or limit

    "fifty dollars or under"

  8. under(adverb)

    below the horizon

    "the sun went under"

  9. under(adverb)

    down below

    "get under quickly!"

  10. under, below(adverb)

    further down

    "see under for further discussion"

Wiktionary

  1. under(Adverb)

    In a way lower or less than

    Etymology: From under.

  2. under(Adverb)

    In a way inferior to

    Etymology: From under.

  3. under(Adjective)

    Being lower; being beneath something.

    Etymology: From under.

  4. under(Preposition)

    In a lower level than.

    Etymology: From under.

  5. under(Preposition)

    As a subject of

    He served in World War II under General Omar Bradley.

    Etymology: From under.

  6. under(Preposition)

    Less than

    Etymology: From under.

  7. under(Preposition)

    Below the surface of

    Etymology: From under.

Webster Dictionary

  1. 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

  2. Under

    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

  3. Under

    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

  4. Under

    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

  5. Under

    less specifically, denoting the relation of being subject, of undergoing regard, treatment, or the like; as, a bill under discussion

  6. Under(adverb)

    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

  7. Under(adj)

    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

  1. Under

    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

  1. under

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'under' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #140

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'under' in Written Corpus Frequency: #392

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'under' in Adverbs Frequency: #161

How to pronounce under?

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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    Indian

How to say under in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of under in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of under in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of under in a Sentence

  1. David Howman:

    You mold your style according the presidential requirements, i was a lawyer, a barrister who went to court every day. Every judge is different and you adapt your argument according to the judge so it sort of comes naturally. Howman, who often represented athletes in New Zealand who could not afford his services and paid in cricket bats and All-Blacks rugby jerseys, has been there through all the highs and lows. When WADA opened in 2003, drugs in sport had already become a worldwide epidemic and fair play was merely a quaint idea. Doping was firmly entrenched in the sporting culture, largely tolerated, if not tacitly accepted, by those who competed in everything from cycling's Tour de France to baseball's World Series. With no meaningful out-of-competition testing, a mish-mash of sanctions and banned substance lists, entrepreneurs such as BALCO mastermind Victor Conte operated in near impunity, pushing out designer steroids faster than tests could be developed to detect them. From a small headquarters in Montreal, WADA has grown into a global agency with four regional offices and 35 laboratories, although four are currently under suspension.

  2. Shilan Shah:

    Indias Prime MinisterSitharaman is likely to come under growing pressure to loosen policy to support the economy amid signs that growth has slowed.

  3. Feng Yuan:

    Under Taiwan's social environment, the external conditions are more conducive for women's organizations to speak out, the space for civil society organizations here is quite limited.

  4. Brad Adams:

    The Thai junta has sunk to a new low by charging an activist’s mother under the ‘insulting the monarchy’ law, which has been systematically abused to silence critics, prosecuting someone for her vague response to a Facebook message is just the junta’s latest outrageous twist of the lese majeste law.

  5. Joanna Barstow:

    Since long before we started our robotic exploration of the solar system, we wondered if there was life on another world, some of the moons of Jupiter, even though their surfaces are covered with ice, might have liquid water oceans hiding under the surface. Maybe they are sheltering bacterial life as well ? We'd love to find out.

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