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underlie

[uhn-der-lahy] /ˌʌn dərˈlaɪ/
verb (used with object), underlay, underlain, underlying.
1.
to lie under or beneath; be situated under.
2.
to be at the basis of; form the foundation of.
3.
Grammar. to function as the root morpheme or original or basic form of (a derived form): The form “boy” underlies “boyish.”.
4.
Finance. to be primary to another right or security.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English underlyen (v.), Old English underlicgan. See under-, lie2
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  • The basin area is underlain by the quartz monzonite of the boulder batholith.
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underlie

/ˌʌndəˈlaɪ/
verb (transitive) -lies, -lying, -lay, -lain
1.
to lie or be placed under or beneath
2.
to be the foundation, cause, or basis of: careful planning underlies all our decisions
3.
(finance) to take priority over (another claim, liability, mortgage, etc): a first mortgage underlies a second
4.
to be the root or stem from which (a word) is derived: "happy" underlies "happiest"
Derived Forms
underlier, noun
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Word Origin and History for underlain

underlie

v.

Old English under licgan "to be subordinate to, to submit to;" see under + lie (v.2). Meaning "to lie under or beneath" is attested from c.1600; figurative sense of "to be the basis of" is attested from 1852 (implied in underlying).

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