Underlie meaning

ŭndər-lī
Underlie is defined as to be under, or be the grounds for something.

An example of underlie is laying under the shade of a tree.

An example of underlie is a birth being the reason why someone is receiving a gift.

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To be the support or basis of; account for.

Many factors underlie my decision.

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To be located under or below.
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To constitute a prior claim over.
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To lie under or beneath.

Trusses underlie the roof.

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To be the basis for; form the foundation of.
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(finance) To have priority over (another) in order of claim, as a bond.
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(intransitive) To lie in a position directly beneath.

A stratum of clay underlies the surface gravel.

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To lie under or beneath.
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To serve as a basis of; form the foundation of.

A doctrine underlying a theory.

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To be subject to; be liable to answer, as a charge or challenge.
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(mining) To underlay.
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Origin of underlie

  • From Middle English underliggen, from Old English underlicgan (“to underlie, to be subject to, give way to"), equivalent to under- +"Ž lie. Cognate with Dutch onderliggen (“to lie below, lie on the bottom of"), German unterliegen (“to lie under, be subject to, succumb").

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