AskDefine | Define underlie

Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ʌndəɻ'laɪ/


  1. To serve as a basis of.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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