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What does "Underlie" mean?

Definition

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


Word Family underlain, underlay, underlies, underly, underlying