Definition of underpin in English:


See synonyms for underpin

Translate underpin into Spanish

transitive verbtransitive verb underpins, transitive verb underpinning, transitive verb underpinned

[with object]
  • 1Support (a building or other structure) from below by laying a solid foundation below ground level or by substituting stronger for weaker materials.

    ‘Work began on rectifying the structural problems of the library and extra piles were inserted and the building was underpinned.’
    • ‘The claim of the insured included an additional claim to underpin an adjacent office block, which was not part of the insured property.’
    • ‘Mrs Lloyd said the council refuses to answer questions about underpinning her house.’
    • ‘At present, it is not thought that underpinning the foundations would be enough to save the building.’
    • ‘A friend in Britain, who is a civil engineer, had given me a drawing showing an inexpensive method of underpinning the foundations.’
    • ‘Eleven years ago, the Guildhall was forced to spend £626,000 underpinning the foundations of the scheduled monument which has been in council ownership since 1925.’
    pillar, post, prop, underprop, underpinning, base, substructure, foundation
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Support, justify, or form the basis for.
      ‘the theme of honor underpinning the two books’
      • ‘He said, ‘We are remembering the past, honouring the present and underpinning a legacy for future generations in gathering here today.’’
      • ‘We should never lose sight of the fact that it is engagement in a real economy that underpins reciprocity in society.’
      • ‘The story of her parents' struggle to raise four children in an alien culture underpins her book and her beliefs.’
      • ‘These themes are underpinned by unquestioned assumptions about the dangers of modern life, lazily repeated like a mantra through much of the media.’
      • ‘During the Victorian and Edwardian periods in Britain, society was underpinned by rigid moral and social values.’
      • ‘He said the partnership process must underpin competitiveness as the core element of any possible new agreement.’
      • ‘Children played cricket at the Centre on a daily basis and what was achieved there underpinned the success of Yorkshire cricket.’
      • ‘The idea of fairness that underpins the democratic process is grounded in different ways in different theories.’
      • ‘In a free society law also underpins the freedoms of citizens by guaranteeing certain civil liberties and imposing legal checks on the authorities.’
      • ‘The theme underpinning the film's murder investigation is the dire and inescapable consequences of circumstance and personal choice.’
      • ‘The Government's legislation to underpin its workplace changes is yet to materialise.’
      • ‘The success of this arrangement was underpinned by unquestioned trust in the integrity of the medical profession.’
      • ‘Thus, rivalry was built into the structure of material life that underpinned the economy of production and exchange.’
      • ‘In this essay I want to trace the origins of some of the common principles and assumptions which underpin the writing workshop.’
      • ‘In a weblogging context, XML underpins the RSS format, which is in turn used to distribute headline feeds to aggregators’
      • ‘The exercise exposed a fundamental element of the Finnish psyche that underpins the Finnish workplace.’
      • ‘Much of the collection is unique unpublished material which underpins music performance and research in Australia.’
      • ‘His views were underpinned by his strong Christian beliefs.’
      • ‘An understanding of market structure underpins all pricing decisions made by marketers.’
      • ‘His know-how is underpinned by a strong appreciation of discipline.’
      starting point, base, point of departure, beginning, premise
      View synonyms



/ˌəndərˈpin/ /ˌəndərˈpɪn/