verb (used with object), un·der·laid, un·der·lay·ing.
Definition for underlay (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), un·der·lay, un·der·lain, un·der·ly·ing.
Examples from the Web for underlay
Thus was paved the way for the abstractions that underlay the casino capitalism about which everybody now has nothing good to say.
She was very straightforward herself and generally had a very clear idea of what underlay any action or feeling on her part.The Squirrel-Cage|Dorothy Canfield
His deep affection for Martha underlay his delight in learning to play the game.Rough-Hewn|Dorothy Canfield
What underlay the whole scheme of 1834 was the very opposite to compulsion.English Poor Law Policy|Sidney Webb
She did not consider this, she could hardly be said to be intelligently aware of it, but it underlay all that she said and did.The Path of a Star|Mrs. Everard Cotes (AKA Sara Jeannette Duncan)
He completely rejected the individualistic conception which underlay Kantian as well as Christian ethics.The Idea of Progress|J. B. Bury