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underwater Syllabification: un·der·wa·ter
Pronunciation: /ˌəndərˈwôdər/

Definition of underwater in English:

adjective& adverb

1Situated, occurring, or done beneath the surface of the water: [as adjective]: there are underwater volcanoes in the region [as adverb]: they learn to navigate underwater at night
More example sentences
  • We clambered out of the water after some serious underwater rock climbing.
  • Well, in a landscape so void of life above water, the underwater contrast is huge.
  • And if you go in for underwater photography, take three times as much film as you think you need.
submerged, immersed, sunken, subaqueous, subsurface;
2 [adjective] chiefly US (Of a loan) having a balance that exceeds the current market value of the loan: an epidemic of underwater mortgages
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  • As many as one in six homeowners are currently what's known as underwater.
  • Do you know that in Nevada 70 percent of the home mortgages are underwater?
  • "We know lots of mortgage loans are underwater," he says, describing the situation where the value of collateral has fallen below the principal balance of a loan.

Words that rhyme with underwater

aorta, daughter, exhorter, exporter, extorter, Horta, importer, mortar, porter, quarter, slaughter, snorter, sorter, sporter, supporter, three-quarter, torte, transporter, water

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