verb (underlies, underlying; past underlay; past participle underlain)[with object]
- 1(Especially of a layer of rock or soil) lie or be situated under (something): limestone underlies much of the siteMore example sentences
- Most of the mowed fields in the central part of the park are underlain with soil.
- Canadian vineyards are planted on a wide variety of soil types underlain by diverse bedrock geology.
- Steep slopes underlain by stony soils form appealing vineyard sites, but they can be susceptible to rapid soil erosion during storms.
- 2Be the cause or basis of (something): the fundamental issue which underlies the conflict (as adjective underlying) the underlying causes of poverty and drug addictionMore example sentences
- Well let me take the larger issue that I think underlies the question.
- But I suspect that what underlies these concerns is a deeper fear about the loss of a sort of stability in the region which they helped craft and maintain.
- If justiciability is the real issue underlying these terms then this should be faced directly.
More definitions of underlieDefinition of underlie in:
- The US English dictionary