Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To be located under or below.
  • transitive verb To be the support or basis of; account for.
  • transitive verb To constitute a prior claim over.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mining, same as underlay, 1.
  • 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.
  • noun See underlye.

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

  • intransitive verb To lie below or under.
  • noun See underlay, n., 1.
  • transitive verb To lie under; to rest beneath; to be situated under.
  • transitive verb To be at the basis of; to form the foundation of; to support.
  • transitive verb rare To be subject or amenable to.

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

  • verb intransitive To lie in a position directly beneath.
  • verb transitive To lie under or beneath.
  • verb transitive To serve as a basis of; form the foundation of.
  • verb transitive To be subject to; be liable to answer, as a charge or challenge.
  • verb mining To underlay.

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

  • verb be or form the base for
  • verb lie underneath

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

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