Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lying under or beneath something: underlying strata.
  • adj. Basic; fundamental.
  • adj. Present but not obvious; implicit: an underlying meaning.
  • adj. Taking precedence; prior: an underlying financial claim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. lying underneath
  • adj. basic or fundamental
  • adj. implicit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lying under or beneath
  • adj. Fundamental; basic
  • adj. Implicit; not immediately obvious; requiring careful scrutiny to discover.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lying beneath or under; supporting; fundamental: as, underlying principles; specifically, in geology, noting a formation, rocks, or strata lying below others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. located beneath or below
  • adj. being or involving basic facts or principles
  • adj. in the nature of something though not readily apparent

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Examples

  • The Company uses the term "underlying" when referring to non-GAAP sales information, which excludes discontinued and acquired products and foreign exchange fluctuations, and "excluding special items" to also exclude gains and losses from special items such as significant investments, litigation, and business development transactions.

  • The Company uses the term "underlying" when referring to non-GAAP sales information, which excludes discontinued and newly acquired products and foreign exchange fluctuations, and "excluding special items" to also exclude gains and losses from special items such as significant investments, litigation, and business development transactions.

  • In letters to U.S. lawmakers, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the administration wants the officials in Scotland and Britain to review what she called the underlying facts and circumstances leading to the release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.

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  • But what he calls underlying his budget critics call unrelated, goals they say should wait.

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  • Adam Ismail, the executive director of the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, attacked what he called the underlying assumption that fish oil consumption will increase to unsustainable levels if demand for fish from aquaculture grows.

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  • Germany occasionally experiences sinkholes when old mines collapse or water creates cavities in underlying rock.

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  • BG's exploration and production division posted a 7% rise in underlying operating profit due to higher realized oil, liquids and international natural gas prices but the rise was more muted since third-quarter production was largely flat from a year earlier.

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  • There was also little sign of a significant build-up in underlying inflationary pressures in September, with core inflation, which strips out volatile prices for energy, food, tobacco and alcohol, at 1.0% on the year for a third consecutive month.

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  • "Even after adjusting for the 48,000 temporary Census workers hired and a rebound effect from the February snowstorms, this number suggests an increase in underlying payroll employment," she said.

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  • We aim to find new approaches towards enhancing human-likeness by generating genuine, non-repetitive facial behaviour that conveys a certain underlying emotional state.

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