AskDefine | Define underlie

Dictionary Definition

underlie

Verb

1 be or form the base for
2 lie underneath [also: underlying, underlay, underlain]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /ʌndəɻ'laɪ/

Verb

  1. To serve as a basis of.

Translations

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

afford support, back, back up, be latent, bear, bear up, bed on, bolster, bolster up, bottom on, brace, build on, buoy up, buttress, carry, couch, cradle, crawl, crouch, crutch, cushion, escape notice, found on, give support, ground on, grovel, hibernate, hold, hold up, hug the earth, keep afloat, keep up, lend support, lie beneath, lie dormant, lie hid, lie low, lie prone, lie prostrate, lie under, lurk, mainstay, maintain, make no sign, pillow, prop, reinforce, set on, shore, shore up, shoulder, smolder, squat, stay, subsidize, subvention, support, sustain, underbrace, undergird, underpin, underset, upbear, uphold, upkeep
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