underlying

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 [ˌʌndərˈlaɪɪŋ]


For the verb: "to underlie"

Present Participle: underlying

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
un•der•ly•ing /ˈʌndɚˌlaɪɪŋ/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. lying beneath something else:an underlying layer of rock.
  2. fundamental;
    basic:an underlying cause.
  3. that can be discovered only by close analysis or examination:Loyalty is the underlying theme of the story.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
un•der•ly•ing  (undər lī′ing),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. lying or situated beneath, as a substratum.
  2. fundamental;
    basic:the underlying cause of their discontent.
  3. implicit;
    discoverable only by close scrutiny or analysis:an underlying seriousness in his witticisms.
  4. Business(of a claim, mortgage, etc.) taking precedence;
    anterior;
    prior.
  5. Linguisticsbelonging to an earlier stage in the transformational derivation of a sentence or other structure;
    belonging to the deep structure.
  • underlie + -ing2 1605–15

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
un•der•lie /ˌʌndɚˈlaɪ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -lay, -lain, -ly•ing. 
  1. to lie under.
  2. to form the foundation of.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
un•der•lie  (un′dər lī),USA pronunciation v.t.  -lay, -lain, -ly•ing. 
  1. to lie under or beneath;
    be situated under.
  2. to be at the basis of;
    form the foundation of.
  3. Grammarto function as the root morpheme or original or basic form of (a derived form):The form "boy'' underlies "boyish.''
  4. Business[Finance.]to be primary to another right or security.
  • Middle English underlyen (verb, verbal), Old English underlicgan. See under-, lie2 bef. 900


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

underlying /ˌʌndəˈlaɪɪŋ/ adj
  1. concealed but detectable: underlying guilt
  2. fundamental; basic
  3. lying under
  4. (of a claim, liability, etc) taking precedence; prior



underlie /ˌʌndəˈlaɪ/ vb ( -lies, -lying, -lay, -lain)(transitive)
  1. to lie or be placed under or beneath
  2. to be the foundation, cause, or basis of: careful planning underlies all our decisions
  3. to take priority over (another claim, liability, mortgage, etc)
  4. to be the root or stem from which (a word) is derived: "happy" underlies "happiest"

ˈunderˌlier n



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Collocations: the underlying [motive, motivation, cause] (of), is the underlying rationale [behind, for, supporting], according to the underlying [principle, assumption, theory], more...

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