verb (underpins, underpinning, underpinned)[with object]
1Support (a building or other structure) from below by laying a solid foundation below ground level or by substituting stronger for weaker materials.
- Work began on rectifying the structural problems of the library and extra piles were inserted and the building was underpinned.
- The claim of the insured included an additional claim to underpin an adjacent office block, which was not part of the insured property.
- Mrs Lloyd said the council refuses to answer questions about underpinning her house.
2Support, justify, or form the basis for: the theme of honour underpinning the two books
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- He said, ‘We are remembering the past, honouring the present and underpinning a legacy for future generations in gathering here today.’
- We should never lose sight of the fact that it is engagement in a real economy that underpins reciprocity in society.
- The story of her parents' struggle to raise four children in an alien culture underpins her book and her beliefs.
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