from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To be located under or below.
- transitive v. To be the support or basis of; account for: Many factors underlie my decision.
- transitive v. To constitute a prior financial claim over: Dividends for preferred stock underlie those of common stock.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To lie in a position directly beneath.
- v. To lie under or beneath.
- v. To serve as a basis of; form the foundation of.
- v. To be subject to; be liable to answer, as a charge or challenge.
- v. To underlay.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To lie under; to rest beneath; to be situated under.
- transitive v. To be at the basis of; to form the foundation of; to support.
- transitive v. To be subject or amenable to.
- intransitive v. To lie below or under.
- n. See underlay, n., 1.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See underlye.
- To lie in a position directly beneath.
- To lie under or beneath; be situated under; specifically, in geology, to occupy a lower position than, or to pass beneath: said of stratified rocks over which other rocks are spread out.
- To be at the basis of; form the foundation of.
- To lie under, in a figurative sense; be subject to; be liable to answer, as a charge or a challenge.
- n. In mining, same as underlay, 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be or form the base for
- v. lie underneath
From Middle English underliggen, from Old English underlicgan ("to underlie, to be subject to, give way to"), equivalent to under- + lie. Cognate with Dutch onderliggen ("to lie below, lie on the bottom of"), German unterliegen ("to lie under, be subject to, succumb"). (Wiktionary)