Definition of underlie in English:


Line breaks: under|lie
Pronunciation: /ʌndəˈlʌɪ

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 site
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    • 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.


Old English underlicgan 'be subject or subordinate to' (see under-, lie1).

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