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undergird

[ uhn-der-gurd ]
/ 藢蕦n d蓹r藞g蓽rd /
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verb (used with object), un路der路gird路ed or un路der路girt, un路der路gird路ing.
to strengthen; secure, as by passing a rope or chain under and around: to undergird a top-heavy load.
to give fundamental support; provide with a sound or secure basis: ethics undergirded by faith.
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Origin of undergird

First recorded in 1520鈥30; under- + gird1
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British Dictionary definitions for undergird

undergird
/ (藢蕦nd蓹藞伞蓽藧d) /

verb -girds, -girding, -girded or -girt
(tr) to strengthen or reinforce by passing a rope, cable, or chain around the underside of (an object, load, etc)

Word Origin for undergird

C16: from under- + gird 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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