- 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.
Origin of undergird
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Related Words for undergirdbolster, reinforce, hold, uphold, buttress, carry, ground, bottom, prop, cradle, sustain, brace, mainstay, poise, bear, strut, base, stay, shoulder, bed
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Contemporary Examples of undergird
To the contrary, he views them as essential to restoring the economic strength that must undergird that power.Why Hagel Matters
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- (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
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