Underlying



adjective
1.
lying or situated beneath, as a substratum.
2.
fundamental; basic:
the underlying cause of their discontent.
3.
implicit; discoverable only by close scrutiny or analysis:
an underlying seriousness in his witticisms.
4.
(of a claim, mortgage, etc.) taking precedence; anterior; prior.
5.
Linguistics. belonging to an earlier stage in the transformational derivation of a sentence or other structure; belonging to the deep structure.
verb (used with object), underlay, underlain, underlying.
1.
to lie under or beneath; be situated under.
2.
to be at the basis of; form the foundation of.
3.
Grammar. to function as the root morpheme or original or basic form of (a derived form): The form “boy” underlies “boyish.”.
4.
Finance. to be primary to another right or security.
adjective
1.
concealed but detectable: underlying guilt
2.
fundamental; basic
3.
lying under
4.
(finance) (of a claim, liability, etc) taking precedence; prior
verb (transitive) -lies, -lying, -lay, -lain
1.
to lie or be placed under or beneath
2.
to be the foundation, cause, or basis of: careful planning underlies all our decisions
3.
(finance) to take priority over (another claim, liability, mortgage, etc): a first mortgage underlies a second
4.
to be the root or stem from which (a word) is derived: “happy” underlies “happiest”

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