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under-

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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