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under-

1.
a prefixal use of under, as to indicate place or situation below or beneath (underbrush; undertow); lower in grade or dignity (undersheriff; understudy); of lesser degree, extent, or amount (undersized); or insufficiency (underfeed).
Origin
Middle English; Old English
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under-

prefix
1.
below or beneath underarm, underground
2.
of lesser importance or lower rank undersecretary
3.
to a lesser degree than is proper; insufficient or insufficiently undercharge, underemployed
4.
indicating secrecy or deception underhand
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