Underlying definition

ŭndər-līĭng
Present but not readily noticeable.

An underlying meaning.

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Lying under or beneath something.

Underlying strata.

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Basic; fundamental.

The underlying cause of the problem.

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Really there but not easily seen or noticed.

An underlying trend.

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Lying under; placed beneath.
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Fundamental; basic.

The underlying cause.

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Taking precedence; prior.

An underlying claim to compensation.

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(finance) Having priority, as a claim.
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The definition of underlying refers to something lying beneath, or the basic or root cause of something.

A layer of minerals in the soil is an example of underlying minerals.

A lack of educational opportunity is an example of an underlying cause of poverty.

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Points and straight lines are underlying elements of geometry.

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Many nursery rhymes have an underlying meaning.

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We dug down to the underlying rock.

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