Definition of underpin in English:

underpin

Syllabification: un·der·pin
Pronunciation: /ˌəndərˈpin
 
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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.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1Support, justify, or form the basis for: the theme of honor 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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