undergirded

undergird

[uhn-der-gurd]
verb (used with object), undergirded or undergirt, undergirding.
1.
to strengthen; secure, as by passing a rope or chain under and around: to undergird a top-heavy load.
2.
to give fundamental support; provide with a sound or secure basis: ethics undergirded by faith.

Origin:
1520–30; under- + gird

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undergird (ˌʌndəˈɡɜːd)
 
vb , -girds, -girding, -girded, -girt
(tr) to strengthen or reinforce by passing a rope, cable, or chain around the underside of (an object, load, etc)
 
[C16: from under- + gird1]

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