Underlie Definition

underlain, underlay, underlies, underlying
To be located under or below.
American Heritage
To lie under or beneath.
Trusses underlie the roof.
Webster's New World
To be the basis for; form the foundation of.
Webster's New World
To have priority over (another) in order of claim, as a bond.
Webster's New World
To constitute a prior claim over.
American Heritage

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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