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. Eric Jing:

    The capital raised in Series B will allow us to invest in the infrastructure, such as cloud computing and risk control, that will underpin our long-term growth in rural and international markets.

  4. 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.

  5. The IEA:

    India could be replacing China as the main engine of global demand growth, reforms to the rules allowing refiners to directly import crude oil are all part of a general trend towards liberalisation that should underpin India's growth momentum.

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Translations for underpin

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

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

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