un|der|lie «UHN dwa>r LY», transitive verb, -lay, -lain, -ly|ing.
1. to lie under; be beneath; subtend.
2. Figurative. to be at the basis; form the foundation of, especially: a) to give rise to; be the reason behind or origin of: »

What underlies that remark?

b) to give basic support to; be essential to.
3. Finance. to come before another (privilege or security) in time and order.
4. Scottish. to submit or be required to submit to (a punishment, charge, or law).
[Old English under- licgan < under- under- + licgan lie1]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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