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underpin

un·der·pin

underpin

 
pronunciation:
uhn dr pIn
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: underpinned, underpinning, underpins
definition 1: to support from below, as with girders or props.
Steel girders underpin the building.
definition 2: to form the basis of, or to support or strengthen in some manner; substantiate.
Strong evidence underpins the theory.The themes of loneliness and isolation underpin many of her novels.
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