[ uhn-der-gurd ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈgɜrd /
verb (used with object), un·der·gird·ed or un·der·girt, un·der·gird·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.
bolster, reinforce, hold, uphold, buttress, carry, ground, bottom, prop, cradle, sustain, brace, mainstay, poise, bear, strut, base, stay, shoulder, bed
Origin of undergird
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Examples from the Web for undergird
To the contrary, he views them as essential to restoring the economic strength that must undergird that power.
/ (ˌʌndəˈɡɜːd) /
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
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