underlie

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Underlie is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ʌndəɻ'laɪ/

Verb[change]

Plain form
underlie

Third person singular
underlies

Simple past
underlay

Past participle
underlain

Present participle
underlying

  1. (transitive) If x underlies y, x causes y; x is the reason for y.
    Poor education underlies much of our crime and violence.
  2. (transitive) If x underlies y, x is the basis for y or the most important part of y.
    The basic principle underlying the argument is that we can know what each of the parts is.