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underlying

un·der·ly·ing

underlying

 
pronunciation:
uhn dr laI Ing
parts of speech:
adjective, verb
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: lying under or below.
The underlying fabric is chiffon.
definition 2: fundamental; basic.
The presence of bacteria is an underlying cause of tooth decay.
similar words:
bottom, fundamental, prime
definition 3: present but not easily apparent; implicit.
The psychiatrist hoped to find the underlying reasons for the patient's mental breakdown.
antonyms:
surface
 
part of speech: verb
definition: present participle of underlie.