[ US /ˌəndɝˈɫaɪ/ ]
[ UK /ˌʌndəlˈa‍ɪ/ ]
  1. lie underneath
  2. be or form the base for
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How To Use underlie In A Sentence

  • With respect to the dilemma over short-term and long-term information needs, the problem is one that underlies every aspect of user education.
  • Whether it is movement therapy or kinesiology or nutrition, energetic exchange always underlies the therapeutic process.
  • As most folks know by now, this same issue underlies the great, unresolvable, and basically silly debate about whether the new millennium starts at the beginning of 2000 or of 2001.
  • Can we expect to defeat terrorism without also discrediting the ideas and passions that underlie it?
  • The plants were growing from several fissures in the mafic bedrock that underlies the creek.
  • The team of scientists from the U.S., the U.K., and Germany has uncovered novel quantitative organizational principles that underlie the network organizations of the human brain, high performance computer circuits, and the nervous system of the worm, known as nematode C. elegans. cellular-news
  • This issue increasingly underlies our economic and environmental problems.
  • Did the same factors underlie the apparent turnabouts in both Canada and the U.S.?
  • Kandel and his colleagues began by asking what was the neural circuit which underlies the gill and siphon withdrawal response.
  • The greatest conceit - that pregnancy is not a health issue and women's lives are expendable - underlies the dual standards of Republican Party pronatalist policy demanding female submission to males who assume the right to hold women hostage to biology. Michele Swenson: "Non-Personhood" for Women: Defining Women Down
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