Meaning of underlying in English:


Pronunciation /ʌndəˈlʌɪɪŋ/

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present participle of underlie


  • 1Significant as a cause or basis of something but not necessarily manifest or obvious.

    ‘the flu can be particularly severe for the elderly and those with underlying conditions’
    • ‘guaranteeing more dollars may temporarily ease their troubles but will not alleviate the underlying causes of their poverty’
    • ‘underlying problems need to be addressed’
    fundamental, basic, basal, primary, prime, first, cardinal, central, principal, chief, key, elementary, elemental, rudimentary, root, intrinsic, essential
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  • 2Lying or situated under something.

    • ‘the underlying muscles of the face’