Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To support or strengthen from beneath.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To gird round the bottom; gird beneath.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To bind below; to gird round the bottom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To strengthen, secure, or reinforce by passing a rope, cable, or chain around the underside of an object.
  • verb To give fundamental support; provide with a sound or secure basis; provide supportive evidence for.
  • verb To lend moral support to.
  • verb To secure below or underneath.

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

  • verb make secure underneath
  • verb lend moral support to

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From under- +‎ gird.

Examples

  • Many explanations have been suggested for the greater intolerance of more religiously observant people—that they are more likely to see the world in “we/they” or Manichaean terms, for example, or that moral absolutism—a clear distinction between right and wrong—is incompatible with the skeptical outlook that is said to undergird civic tolerance.

    American Grace

  • This past summer, I had the opportunity to spend time with nearly 60 Teach For America corps members taking part in our Foundation's REALITY Israel Experience, a program that enables corps members to travel to Israel to explore the values that undergird their commitment to public service.

    Lynn Schusterman: Creating A Jewish Culture Of Inclusivity

  • Long-range commitment and expertise in state planning laid the groundwork for and continue to undergird today's economic boom.

    Jeffrey W. Rubin: The Roots of Brazil's Success

  • The United States has a covert program to sabotage the systems that undergird Iran's nuclear facilities.

    U.S. power plants at risk of attack by computer worm like Stuxnet

  • A referendum, meanwhile, divorces approval of unpopular tax increases with that of any larger -- and more appealing -- budget compromise that they would undergird, stacking the deck against passage.

    Stromberg: Wisconsin governor's -- and the GOP's -- strange 'budget discipline'

  • This past summer, I had the opportunity to spend time with nearly 60 Teach For America corps members taking part in our Foundation's REALITY Israel Experience, a program that enables corps members to travel to Israel to explore the values that undergird their commitment to public service.

    Lynn Schusterman: Creating A Jewish Culture Of Inclusivity

  • This past summer, I had the opportunity to spend time with nearly 60 Teach For America corps members taking part in our Foundation's REALITY Israel Experience, a program that enables corps members to travel to Israel to explore the values that undergird their commitment to public service.

    Lynn Schusterman: Creating A Jewish Culture Of Inclusivity

  • This past summer, I had the opportunity to spend time with nearly 60 Teach For America corps members taking part in our Foundation's REALITY Israel Experience, a program that enables corps members to travel to Israel to explore the values that undergird their commitment to public service.

    Lynn Schusterman: Creating A Jewish Culture Of Inclusivity

  • This past summer, I had the opportunity to spend time with nearly 60 Teach For America corps members taking part in our Foundation's REALITY Israel Experience, a program that enables corps members to travel to Israel to explore the values that undergird their commitment to public service.

    Lynn Schusterman: Creating A Jewish Culture Of Inclusivity

  • By day, Mr. Mercier the name is a pseudonym is a professor of philosophy in Berlin and has written extensively on the intractable questions that undergird his fiction: Is free will possible?

    Plot-Driven Epistemological Dilemmas

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