- undermining ulcer,
Origin of underlying
verb (used with object), un·der·lay, un·der·lain, un·der·ly·ing.
Origin of underlie
Examples from the Web for underlying
But there is an underlying feeling that the worst is yet to come.
Political tensions are underlying every move in Nigeria, where, in February, the next presidential candidates will be nominated.
Some were elderly with underlying conditions like hypertension and diabetes.
Underlying all of this legal maneuvering is the social fact that marriages are hard to undo.
The underlying economic factors that cause deficits to shrink often create circumstances that push them to shrink even faster.
Its underlying criticism of her character escaped her utterly.Regiment of Women|Clemence Dane
He felt the underlying pathos of such a marked departure from his usual habits.The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers|Mary Cholmondeley
In any quarry where a section of the soil and of the underlying rock is visible, we may study the mode of formation of soils.The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays|J. (John) Joly
It is too much in earnest and whatever humorous quality it may possess never loses the underlying intensity of human conflict.The Man in Court|Frederic DeWitt Wells
The granite, the unstratified rocks, form the backbone of the continent; they are the underlying rocks.The Chautauquan, Vol. III, January 1883|The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
verb -lies, -lying, -lay or -lain (tr)
Old English under licgan "to be subordinate to, to submit to;" see under + lie (v.2). Meaning "to lie under or beneath" is attested from c.1600; figurative sense of "to be the basis of" is attested from 1852 (implied in underlying).