What does underlying mean?

Definitions for underlying
ˈʌn dərˌlaɪ ɪŋun·der·ly·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. implicit in(p), inherent, underlying(adj)

    in the nature of something though not readily apparent

    "shortcomings inherent in our approach"; "an underlying meaning"

  2. underlying(adj)

    located beneath or below

  3. fundamental, rudimentary, underlying(adj)

    being or involving basic facts or principles

    "the fundamental laws of the universe"; "a fundamental incomatibility between them"; "these rudimentary truths"; "underlying principles"


  1. underlying(Adjective)

    lying underneath

    We dug down to the underlying rock.

  2. underlying(Adjective)

    basic or fundamental

    Points and straight lines are underlying elements of geometry.

  3. underlying(Adjective)


    Many nursery rhymes have an underlying meaning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Underlying(adj)

    lying under or beneath; hence, fundamental; as, the underlying strata of a locality; underlying principles


  1. Underlying

    In finance, the underlying of a derivative is an asset, basket of assets, index, or even another derivative, such that the cash flows of the derivative depend on the value of this underlying. There must be an independent way to observe this value to avoid conflicts of interest. According to the Financial Accounting Standards Board's FASB Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 133 - Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities, an underlying is a specified interest rate, security price, commodity price, foreign exchange rate, index of prices or rates, or other variable. An underlying may be a price or rate of an asset or liability but is not the asset or liability itself.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'underlying' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4130

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'underlying' in Adjectives Frequency: #563

How to pronounce underlying?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of underlying in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of underlying in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of underlying in a Sentence

  1. Chuq Von Rospach:

    The basic notion underlying USENET is the flame.

  2. The ECB:

    Prices seem detached from their underlying fundamentals.

  3. John Couvaras:

    When people are struggling, there's an underlying medical problem.

  4. Chief Executive Charles Li:

    We will likely enhance the underlying eligible stocks in southbound.

  5. Terry Torrison:

    I'd be looking to sell into rallies. The underlying global economy has stalled.

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