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Definition of Underlie


  1. To lie under; to rest beneath; to be situated under; as, a stratum of clay underlies the surface gravel.
  2. To be at the basis of; to form the foundation of; to support; as, a doctrine underlying a theory.
  3. To be subject or amenable to.
  4. To lie below or under.
  5. See Underlay, n., 1.

Underlie Translations

underlie in German is zugrundeliegen, unterliegen
underlie in Italian is soccombere
underlie in Spanish is estar debajo, sucumbir